Words at Play : In the Details: Architecture Terms Worth Looking At

#5: Corbel 

Definition:

an architectural member that projects from within a wall and supports a weight; especially one that is stepped upward and outward from a vertical surface (such as the supports beneath the balcony shown here)

About the Word:

The beaklike shape of the corbel inspired an unknown, fanciful Frenchman to give that architectural feature a name that translated from Middle French means "little raven."

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