cavetto

noun
ca·​vet·​to | \ kə-ˈve-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce cavetto (audio) , kä- \
plural cavetti\ kə-​ˈve-​tē How to pronounce cavetti (audio) , kä-​ \

Definition of cavetto

: a concave molding having a curve that approximates a quarter circle — see molding illustration

First Known Use of cavetto

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cavetto

borrowed from Italian, from cavo "hollow, concave" (going back to Latin cavus) + -etto, diminutive and hypocoristic suffix — more at hole entry 1

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“Cavetto.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cavetto. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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