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From a diminutive of Anglo-Norman spaundre, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French espandre (to expand, extend, spread).


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spandrel (plural spandrels)

  1. (architecture) The space (often triangular) between the outer curve of an arch (the extrados) and a straight-sided figure that bounds it; the space between two contiguous arches and a straight feature above them
  2. (architecture) The triangular space under a stair; the material that fills the space
  3. (architecture) A horizontal member between the windows of each storey of a tall building
  4. An oriental rug having a pattern of arches; the design in the corners of such a rug, especially in a prayer rug
  5. (evolutionary theory) A phenotypic characteristic that evolved as a side effect of a true adaptation

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