balustrade

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A balustrade.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French balustrade, from Italian balaustrata (with balusters), from balaustro (baluster), from balausta (wild pomegranate flower), via Latin balaustium, from Ancient Greek βαλαύστιον (balaústion), from Semitic (compare Aramaic [script needed] (balatz, wild pomegranate flower)). So named because of resemblance to the swelling form of the half-open pomegranate flower. Also see baluster.

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balustrade (plural balustrades)

  1. (architecture) A row of balusters topped by a rail, serving as an open parapet, as along the edge of a balcony, terrace, bridge, staircase, or the eaves of a building.
    • 1956Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 45
      The Jester sat down on one of the marble balustrades and regarded Alvin with a curious intentness.

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balustrade f (plural balustrades)

  1. (Jersey, architecture) balustrade