protoma

noun pro·to·ma \prəˈtōmə\
variants: or

protome

\-(ˌ)mē\

Definition of protoma

plural

-s

  1. :  the representation of the head and neck of an animal often used decoratively in architecture

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Origin and Etymology of protoma

New Latin, from Greek protomē head of a decapitated animal, literally, front part cut off, from protemnein to cut off in front, from pro- 1pro- + temnein to cut — more at tome


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