Definition of cul–de–lampe
1 : any of various ornaments or parts resembling the conical bottom of ancient lamps (as a pendant from a roof or an isolated corbel supporting an oriel, column, or turret)
2 : tailpiece
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Origin and Etymology of cul–de–lampe
French, literally, lamp bottom
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