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dado (n.)

1660s, "part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice," from Italian dado "die, cube," from Latin datum (see die (n.)). Meaning "wood paneling on the lower part of a wall in a room" is by 1787.

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Definitions of dado from WordNet
1
dado (n.)
panel forming the lower part of an interior wall when it is finished differently from the rest of the wall;
Synonyms: wainscot
dado (n.)
the section of a pedestal between the base and the surbase;
dado (n.)
a rectangular groove cut into a board so that another piece can fit into it;
2
dado (v.)
provide with a dado;
The owners wanted to dado their dining room
dado (v.)
cut a dado into or fit into a dado;
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