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n. pl. car·y·at·ids or car·y·at·i·des (-ĭ-dēz′) Architecture
A supporting column sculptured in the form of a draped female figure.
[From Latin Caryātides, caryatids, from Greek Karuātides, priestesses of Artemis at Caryae, caryatids, from Karuai, Caryae, a village of Laconia in southern Greece with a famous temple to Artemis.]
car′y·at′i·dal (-ĭ-dəl), car′y·at′i·de′an (-ĭ-dē′ən), car′y·a·tid′ic (-ə-tĭd′ĭk) adj.
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