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A vertically grooved, disklike structure crowning the main tower of a Hindu temple in northern Indian temple design.
[Sanskrit āmalakaḥ, fruit of the Indian gooseberry (the structure being so called from its resemblance to the fruit); akin to amalā, Indian gooseberry tree, of unknown origin.]
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