barley-sugar column

noun

bar·​ley-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

Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barley-sugar column was in 1937

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“Barley-sugar column.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barley-sugar%20column. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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