plural -s
: 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
: the term-shaped lower part or body of a caryatid

Word History


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

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“Gaine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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