caryatid

noun cary·at·id \ ˌker-ē-ˈa-təd , ˌka-rē- ; ˈker-ē-ə-ˌtid , ˈka-rē- \

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plural caryatids or caryatides play \ˌker-ē-ˈa-tə-ˌdēz, ˌka-rē-\
: a draped female figure supporting an entablature

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Origin and Etymology of caryatid

Latin caryatides, plural, from Greek karyatides priestesses of Artemis at Caryae, caryatids, from Karyai Caryae in Laconia


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