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An ornamental bracket used in series under a cornice, especially a cornice of the Corinthian, Composite, or Ionic orders.

[Italian modiglione, from Vulgar Latin *mutiliō, mutiliōn-, from Latin mūtulus, perhaps of Etruscan origin.]
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(Architecture) architect one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice, esp as used in the Corinthian order. Compare mutule
[C16: via French from Italian modiglione, probably from Vulgar Latin mutiliō (unattested), from Latin mūtulus mutule]
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(moʊˈdɪl yən, mə-)

an ornamental block or bracket beneath the corona or similar member of a cornice, stringcourse, etc.
[1555–65; < Italian modiglione]
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Noun1.modillion - (architecture) one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornicemodillion - (architecture) one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice
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