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ASTRAGAL (from the Gr. ao-rpbyaXos, t...

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 794 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ASTRAGAL (from the Gr. ao-rpbyaXos, the ankle-joint), an architectural term for a convex moulding. This term is generally applied to small mouldings, " torus " (q.v.) to large ones of the same form. The Lesbian astragal referred to by Vitruvius, bk. iv. ch. vi., was in all probability an astragal carved with a bead and reel enrichment.
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