from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pointed bulbous domelike roof, used especially in parts of Russia and eastern Europe.

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  • n. An onion-shaped dome, characteristic of august buildings in Moghul and Russian architecture

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dome with a pointed top, its width often extending beyond the width of the tower it covers; -- a style of architecture characteristic of Russian Orthodox churches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dome that is shaped like a bulb; characteristic of Russian and Byzantine church architecture


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  • There are companies in Portugal that make beautiful copper stills, hand-hammered pieces of sculpture like the onion dome on an Orthodox church.



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