variants or acroterium
or akroterion
or acroter or less commonly akroter
plural acroteria or akroteria
or acroters also akroters
: 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)

Word History


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

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acroterion was in 1664

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“Acroterion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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