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mo·dil·lion

 (mō-dĭl′yən)
n.
An ornamental bracket used in series under a cornice, especially a cornice of the Corinthian, Composite, or Ionic orders.

[Italian modiglione, from Vulgar Latin *mutiliō, mutiliōn-, from Latin mūtulus, perhaps of Etruscan origin.]

modillion

(məˈdɪljən)
n
(Architecture) architect one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice, esp as used in the Corinthian order. Compare mutule
[C16: via French from Italian modiglione, probably from Vulgar Latin mutiliō (unattested), from Latin mūtulus mutule]

mo•dil•lion

(moʊˈdɪl yən, mə-)

n.
an ornamental block or bracket beneath the corona or similar member of a cornice, stringcourse, etc.
[1555–65; < Italian modiglione]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.modillion - (architecture) one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornicemodillion - (architecture) one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice
wall bracket, bracket - a support projecting from a wall (as to hold a shelf)
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
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So I looked for modillion and found "an ornamental cantilever beneath the corona or similar member of a cornice, stringcourse, etc.
The ceiling is a lavish confection of modillion cornice and a centre rose.
Visitors are immediately struck by the intense color of the living room walls, which contrast with the white woodwork and Colonial Revival mantle decorated with dentils, modillions and Ionic columns.