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corbel

noun cor·bel \ ˈkȯr-bəl \
|Updated on: 21 Aug 2018

Definition of corbel

: an architectural member that projects from within a wall and supports a weight; especially : one that is stepped upward and outward from a vertical surface

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Origin and Etymology of corbel

Middle English, "raven, architectural corbel," borrowed from Middle French (Anglo-French, "crow, raven"), going back to Old French, from corp "raven" (going back to Latin corvus) + -el, diminutive suffix (going back to Latin -ellus) — more at 1cornice
Note: Old French corp, corb for expected *corf (cf. cerf "deer," from Latin cervus) is difficult to explain; it has been speculated that the form was imported by Roman settlers from Etruria or another part of Italy where Latin -rv- regularly yields -rb- (cf. Tuscan corbo "raven" beside corvo; see Pierre Fouché, Phonétique historique du français, vol. 3, Paris, 1966, p. 798).


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corbel

verb

Definition of corbel

corbeled or corbelled; corbeling or corbelling
: to furnish with or make into a corbel

Origin and Etymology of corbel

derivative of 1corbel



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