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baluster

noun bal·us·ter \ˈba-lə-stər\

: a short post that helps support a rail in a balustrade or similar structure

Full Definition of BALUSTER

1
:  an object or vertical member (as the leg of a table, a round in a chair back, or the stem of a glass) having a vaselike or turned outline
2
:  an upright often vase-shaped support for a rail

Origin of BALUSTER

French balustre, from Italian balaustro, from balaustra wild pomegranate flower, from Latin balaustium, from Greek balaustion; from its shape
First Known Use: 1602

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