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A narrow convex molding often having the form of beading.

[Latin astragalus, from Greek astragalos; see ost- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Architecture) architect
a. Also called: bead a small convex moulding, usually with a semicircular cross section
b. a moulding having the form of a string of beads
2. (Furniture) carpentry a glazing bar, esp in a bookcase
3. (Anatomy) anatomy the ankle or anklebone
[C17: from Latin astragalus, from Greek astragalos anklebone, hence, small round moulding]


(ˈæs trə gəl)

1. a small convex molding cut into the form of a string of beads. Compare bead and reel.
2. a plain convex molding; bead.
3. a molding attached to one or both meeting stiles of a pair of double doors in order to prevent drafts.
[1555–65; < Latin astragalus < Greek astrágalos a vertebra, molding]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.astragal - the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle jointastragal - the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
ankle, ankle joint, articulatio talocruralis, mortise joint - a gliding joint between the distal ends of the tibia and fibula and the proximal end of the talus
2.astragal - a beaded molding for edging or decorating furnitureastragal - a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture
moulding, molding - a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
bead and quirk, quirk bead - beading formed with a narrow groove separating it from the surface it decorates
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