Etymology
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corbel (n.)

"piece of stone, wood, etc., projecting from the vertical face of a wall to support some object," mid-14c., from Old French corbel, diminutive of corb "raven," from Latin corvus (see corvine); so called from its beaked shape. Corbel-step is attested from 1819.

updated on April 04, 2018

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Definitions of corbel from WordNet
1
corbel (v.)
furnish with a corbel;
2
corbel (n.)
(architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent);
Synonyms: truss
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