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

#8: Quoin

Definition:

one of the usually differentiated blocks or stones that form the solid exterior angle of a building; also the exterior angle itself

About the Word:

Quoin is an alteration of coin, a word whose Anglo-French ancestor meant "wedge" or "corner." Architecture is rich in styles of quoins, but most quoins are toothed and set in a regular pattern of alternating lengths. They're both decorative and structural, since they usually differ in jointing, color, texture, or size from the masonry of the adjoining walls.

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