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caryatid

noun cary·at·id \ˌker-ē-ˈa-təd, ˌka-rē-; ˈker-ē-ə-ˌtid, ˈka-rē-\
plural cary·at·ids or cary·at·ides\ˌker-ē-ˈa-tə-ˌdēz, ˌka-rē-\

Definition of CARYATID

:  a draped female figure supporting an entablature

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Origin of CARYATID

Latin caryatides, plural, from Greek karyatides priestesses of Artemis at Caryae, caryatids, from Karyai Caryae in Laconia
First Known Use: 1563

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