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PERPENT, or PARPENT STONES

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 180 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PERPENT, or PARPENT STONES, in architecture, bond or " through stones," the &a-rovot of the Greeks and Romans, long stones going right through walls, and tying them together from face to face. The O. Fr. par pain, modern parpaing, from which this word is derived, is obscure in origin. It may be from a supposed Lat. perpago, perpaginis, formed like compago, a joint, from the root of pangere, to fasten, and meaning " some-thing fastened together," or from some popular corruption of Lat. perpendiculum, plummet or plumb-line (pir or pendere, to hang), referring to the smooth perpendicular faces of the stone.
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