voussoir

noun
vous·​soir | \ vü-ˈswär How to pronounce voussoir (audio) , ˈvü-ˌswär \

Definition of voussoir

: one of the wedge-shaped pieces forming an arch or vault — see arch illustration

First Known Use of voussoir

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for voussoir

French, from Old French vosoir, from Vulgar Latin *volsorium, from Latin volvere to roll — more at voluble

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“Voussoir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voussoir. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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