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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