Ionic order

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Ionic order
Ionic order capital

Ionic order

n.
One of the three main orders of classical Greek architecture, characterized by two opposed volutes in the capital.
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Noun1.Ionic order - the second Greek orderIonic order - the second Greek order; the capital is decorated with spiral scrolls
order - (architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans
References in classic literature ?
Six caryatides, or marble women, clad in flowing robes, support the portico of the Temple of Hercules, but the porticos and colonnades of the other structures are formed of massive Doric and Ionic pillars, whose flutings and capitals are still measurably perfect, notwithstanding the centuries that have gone over them and the sieges they have suffered.
With its Ionic pillars, pedimented porticoes, Corinthian colonnade and stone steps, the building resembles the Parthenon, the fabulous ancient temple, dedicated to Athena, patroness of wisdom.
The island is also the source of karst limestone, exported around the world for centuries and used for Ionic pillars fronting the White House in Washington DC.