dentil

noun
den·til | \ˈden-tᵊl, -ˌtil\

Definition of dentil 

: one of a series of small projecting rectangular blocks forming a molding especially under a cornice

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Other Words from dentil

dentiled \-tᵊld, -ˌtild \ adjective

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The beautifully proportioned 18-by-14-foot dining room features trim and molding that extend to the dentil molding on the fireplace mantel. Joan Walden, courant.com, "59 Lord Davis Lane, Avon," 8 Mar. 2018 Selldorf does not do Ye Olde Ionic orders or ironic dentil moldings. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "This Time, a Much More Promising Attempt to Fix the Frick," 13 Apr. 2018 While clearly a 20th-century design, the arched windows in the center portal, meaty keystones over the windows, and the dentil molding below the roof are all lifted directly from early-American architecture. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "One building's journey from a place of incarceration, to a venue of liberation," 12 Apr. 2018 Outside, the home's brick exterior is greatly improved courtesy of a new door painted Benjamin Moore Seaweed green and by swapping white dentil molding for black. Lisa Boone, latimes.com, "After years spent traveling the world, this filmmaking family puts down roots in Pasadena," 27 Mar. 2018 In classical architecture, dentils are a series of decorative tooth-like blocks typically used under the soffit of a cornice. Susan Langenhennig, NOLA.com, "Albert Ledner's legacy: New Orleans architect peppered the country with modernist marvels," 23 Aug. 2017 Throughout the home are high ceilings, ornate dentil moldings and paneling, pegged oak floors and numerous oversize windows that bring in an abundance of natural light. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "Where a Rockefeller Raised His Family," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of dentil

1663, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dentil

obsolete French dentille, from Middle French, diminutive of dent

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