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caryatid

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noun cary·at·id \ˌker-ē-ˈa-təd, ˌka-rē-; ˈker-ē-ə-ˌtid, ˈka-rē-\

Definition of caryatid

plural caryatids or caryatidesplay \ˌker-ē-ˈa-tə-ˌdēz, ˌka-rē-\

  1. :  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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