caryatid

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English[edit]

contemporary caryatids
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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French cariatide, from Latin caryatides, from Ancient Greek Καρυάτιδες (Karuátides), plural of Καρυᾶτις (Karuâtis, a priestess of Artemis, female figures used as bearing-shafts), from Καρυατίζω (Karuatízō, dance the Karyatid festival dance) from Καρύαι (Karúai, a town in Laconia with a temple of Artemis and a festival)

Noun[edit]

caryatid (plural caryatids)

  1. A sculpted female figure serving as an architectural element, used as a support for entablature.

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