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also cor·beille  (kôr′bəl, kôr-bā′)
A sculptured basket of flowers or fruits used as an architectural ornament.

[French corbeille, from Late Latin corbicula, little basket, diminutive of Latin corbis, basket.]
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(ˈkɔːbəl; French kɔrbɛj) or


(Architecture) architect a carved ornament in the form of a basket of fruit, flowers, etc
[C18: from French corbeille basket, from Late Latin corbicula a little basket, from Latin corbis basket]
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or cor•beille

(ˈkɔr bəl, kɔrˈbeɪ)

a sculptured architectural ornament, esp. on a capital, having the form of a basket.
[1700–10; < French corbeille < Late Latin corbicula= Latin corbi(s) basket + -cula -cule1]
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A sculpture of a basket of fruit or flowers, used as an architectural ornament.
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That was the reason why I left my Chateau du Vallon near Corbeil, and came to my estate, Bracieux.
Finally, we have waited in a roadside inn, not far from the gate of the chateau, for the departure of Monsieur de Marquet, the magistrate of Corbeil. At half-past five we saw him and his clerk and, before he was able to enter his carriage, had an opportunity to ask him the following question:
In the first place, very good wages, to which were attached, and from which hung, like extra bunches of grapes on his vine, the revenues of the civil and criminal registries of the provostship, plus the civil and criminal revenues of the tribunals of Embas of the Châtelet, without reckoning some little toll from the bridges of Mantes and of Corbeil, and the profits on the craft of Shagreen-makers of Paris, on the corders of firewood and the measurers of salt.
The final curtain of the Canadian Opera's Company's Don Quichotte in May marked the end of the operatic road for tenor Michel Corbeil, whose Bandit Chief in the Massenet was the final bow in his 20-year-career as a character singer.
(Glasser) Corbeil, 85, of Main St., died Monday, October 1, 2007 in Wingate at Wilbraham.
After five years of running the stud mill, Pierre Corbeil, general manager of Tembec's northeastern Ontario sawmills, says antiquated machinery combined with poor economic conditions led to the sawmill section being shut down last fall.
Corbeil, age 85, died Wednesday, March 28, 2007 of Lung Cancer after being recently diagnosed, at the Life Care Center of Auburn.
Pierre Corbeil, general manager of Tembec's Northern Ontario east operations, says rail access has been a topic of discussion with the company for a decade.
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