acroterium

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin, from Ancient Greek; related to ἄκρος (ákros, highest, at the extremity).

Noun[edit]

acroterium (plural acroteria)

  1. (architecture) One of the small pedestals, for statues or other ornaments, placed on the apex and at the basal angles of a pediment, or upon the gables in Gothic architecture.
  2. One of the pedestals, for vases or statues, forming a part roof balustrade.