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The outward curve at the top and bottom of a column where the shaft joins the capital or base.

[Greek apophugē, from apopheugein, apophug-, to flee : apo-, apo- + pheugein, to flee.]
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(Architecture) architect the outward curve at each end of the shaft of a column, adjoining the base or capital. Also called: hypophyge
[C16: from Greek apophugē, literally: escape, from apopheugein to escape from]
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