from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
  • noun In ornamental art, a conventional flower or a small object, as one link or member of a bracelet, necklace, or the like, which has a somewhat floral shape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A flower-shaped ornament, esp. one terminating an object or forming one of a series, as a knob of a cover to a dish, or a flower-shaped part in a necklace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • noun architecture the small flower at the centre of each side of a Corinthian abacus; a flos


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    October 12, 2012

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