gaine

noun \ˈgān\

Definition of gaine

plural

-s

  1. 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. 2 :  the term-shaped lower part or body of a caryatid

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Origin and Etymology of gaine

French, literally, sheath, from Old French, from Latin vagina — more at vagina


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