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ECHINUS (Gr. for " hedge-hog " or " s...

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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 882 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ECHINUS (Gr. for " hedge-hog " or " sea-urchin "), in architecture, the convex moulding which supports the abacus of the Doric column. The term is sometimes given to the ovolo of the Ionic capital, especially when curved with the egg-and-tongue enrichment. The origin of this use of the word in architecture, which comes down from ancient times, is uncertain.
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