barley–sugar column

noun bar·ley–sugar column

Definition of barley–sugar column

  1. :  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

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to cast off or become cast off

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