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A decorative molding carried around an arched wall opening.

[Italian archivolto or French archivolte (French, from Italian) : arco, arch (from Latin arcus) + volta, vault (from Latin volūta; see vault1).]
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1. (Architecture) a moulding around an arch, sometimes decorated
2. (Architecture) the under surface of an arch
[C18: from Italian archivolto; see arc, vault1]
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(ˈɑr kəˌvoʊlt)

a molded or decorated band around an arch or forming an archlike frame for an opening.
[1725–35; < French archivolte < Italian archivolto < Medieval Latin *archivoltum; see arch1, vault1]
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