peruskivi

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

perus- (base) +‎ kivi (stone)

Noun[edit]

peruskivi

  1. cornerstone (ceremonial stone set at the foundation of a building, often in the corner and inscribed with the completion year and other details)
  2. (figuratively) cornerstone (that which is prominent, fundamental, noteworthy, or central)

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Usage notes[edit]

In current Finnish practice a kulmakivi is a hollow block hidden in the foundation of a building, inside which a time capsule is placed in a ceremony called peruskiven muuraus and then sealed with bricks and mortar.

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