from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A decorative molding consisting of a series of egg-shaped figures alternating with dart-shaped, anchor-shaped, or tongue-shaped figures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a decorative ovolo molding, having a series of egg-shaped figures alternating with another shape in the form of a dart or anchor. Also used attributively. Called also egg and dart, and egg and tongue

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a decorative molding; a series of egg-shaped figures alternating with another shape


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  • Georgia sneaked past the dog and whistled as she took in the Bordeaux-colored walls, egg-and-dart moldings, and cast plaster medallions on the ceiling.

    Georgia’s Kitchen Jenny Nelson 2010

  • While the Lucas and Spielberg Buildings 'deep eaves, tile roofs, belvedere and spacious courtyard hearken back to the vernacular manor houses of Tuscany, there's an unwieldy overlay, with classical egg-and-dart moldings mixing it up with pink, spiral-shafted Romanesque colonettes and Prairie Style-like window muntins.

    What George Lucas Wrought 2010

  • Between the roof and the friezes, and below them, panels are trimmed in vine leaves, Greek labyrinths and egg-and-dart motifs.

    Who’s in the Alexander Sarcophagus? 2009

  • In any case, several egg-and-dart fragments from Ionic capitals or other architectural elements are early Imperial in date.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - N-S Colonnaded Street Report 3 2003

  • Cornices of beds and cabinets often had the egg-and-dart molding used on them, and the S-curve is often seen opposed on the backs of settees and chairs.

    Furnishing the Home of Good Taste A Brief Sketch of the Period Styles in Interior Decoration with Suggestions as to Their Employment in the Homes of Today Lucy Abbot Throop

  • You see the great square chimney; the tiny window-panes, six to a sash, some of them turned by time, not into the purple of Beacon Hill but into a kind of prismatic sheen like oil on water; the bit of classic egg-and-dart border on the door-cap; the aged texture of the weathered clapboard; the graceful arch of the wide woodshed entrance, on the kitchen side; the giant elm rising far above the roof.

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton 1917

  • Many ornamental motives, like the zigzag and the egg-and-dart, for example, had originally a symbolic value.

    The Gate of Appreciation Studies in the Relation of Art to Life Carleton Eldredge Noyes 1911

  • He first sets a good strong architectural moulding of classic egg-and-dart, and leaf, and into this able motive thrusts hooks and rings.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Hungerford Candee 1905

  • It is a pattern, like the egg-and-dart ornament or the Greek key.

    Alarms and Discursions 1905

  • This design is none other than the so-called "egg-and-dart" pattern of Greek architecture.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers 1891


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