ac·​ro·​te·​ri·​on | \ ˌa-krə-ˈtir-ē-ˌän, -ē-ən \
variants: or acroterium \ ˌa-​krə-​ˈtir-​ē-​əm \ or akroterion \ ˌa-​krə-​ˈtir-​ē-​ˌän , -​ē-​ən \ or acroter or less commonly akroter \ ˈa-​krə-​tər \
plural acroteria or akroteria\ ˌa-​krə-​ˈtir-​ē-​ə \ or acroters also akroters

Definition of acroterion

: a pedestal placed on a pediment to support a statue or other ornamentation also : an ornament similarly placed (as on the prow of a galley)

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First Known Use of acroterion

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acroterion

acroterion, akroterion from Greek akrōtērion, from akros topmost, extreme; akin to Greek akē point; acroterium from Latin, from Greek akrōtērion; acroter, akroter from French acrotère, from Latin acroterium

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“Acroterion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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