barley-sugar column

bar·​ley-sugar column

Definition of barley-sugar column

: a twisted architectural column : salomónica The fine 15th-century church has twisted barley-sugar columns and old tombs set in the floor.— Paul Lewis, New York Times, 30 Nov. 1986 Within its high outer walls is a luscious Gothic cloister oozing with delicate tracery and twisted barley sugar columns.— Catherine Slessor, Architectural Review, February 2010

First Known Use of barley-sugar column

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Barley-sugar column.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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