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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In anc. Rom. arch., a barrier, as any construction of boards, osiers, grating, or other light work, placed between the columns of a portico; a light wall occupying the lower part of an intercolumniation; a balustrade or parapet crowning a building or a part of a building; also, a shelf fixed to the wall; the headboard of a bed.
  • noun In ane. Rom. milit. engin.: Boards or planks placed on the fortifications of a camp, or on movable towers or other military engines, to form a kind of roof or shed for the protection of the soldiers
  • noun A movable gallery on wheels, shaped like an arch-covered wagon, in which a besieging party made their approaches.
  • noun In zoology, a larval stage of the echinopædia of certain echinoderms, as a holothurian, ophiurian, or echinid.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) The free-swimming larva of sea urchins and ophiurans, having several long stiff processes inclosing calcareous rods.

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  • noun architecture A low screen between columns, especially one that surrounds the choir of a church
  • noun zoology The free-swimming larvae of echinoderms.

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  • noun a large genus of fungi belonging to the family Pluteaceae; the shape of the cap resembles a roof; often abundant early in the summer

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  • Also: a shelf for books, small statues, etc. (Latin pluteus was originally 'a light barrier between columns')

    July 7, 2008