\ ˈgān \
plural -s

Definition of gaine

1 : the part of a term or similar support below a sculptured bust or head commonly in the form of a quadrangular pillar diminishing toward the base
2 : the term-shaped lower part or body of a caryatid

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History and Etymology for gaine

French, literally, sheath, from Old French, from Latin vagina

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“Gaine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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