sco·​tia ˈskō-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce scotia (audio)
: a concave molding used especially in classical architecture in the bases of columns

Examples of scotia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rela adapted the design of baroque scotias on the posts of a park outside to fashion a large whorl over the front entrance. Elisabeth Malkin, ELLE Decor, 20 Feb. 2018

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Word History


Latin, from Greek skotia, from feminine of skotios dark, shadowy, from skotos darkness — more at shade

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scotia was in 1563

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Cite this Entry

“Scotia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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