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A medieval and poetic name for Scotland.


A hollow concave molding at or near the base of a column.

[Latin, from Greek skotiā, from feminine of skotios, dark, shadowy (from the shadow it casts), from skotos, darkness.]
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(Architecture) a deep concave moulding, esp one used on the base of an Ionic column between the two torus mouldings
[C16: via Latin from Greek skotia, from skotos darkness (from the shadow in the cavity)]
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(ˈskoʊ ʃə)

n., pl. -tias.
a deep concave molding between two fillets, esp. in the base of a column in classical architecture.
[1555–65; < Latin < Greek skotía darkness (from its shadow)]


(ˈskoʊ ʃə)

Literary. Scotland.
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