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In a stair, the outward curving or scroll-shaped part of the handrail, and the outer end of the lowest step. In grander stairs the first flight, detached from a wall, may have a curtail-or scroll-step with curved parts at each end of the balustrades and lowest step, often curving around the centre-line of the newels. See stair drawing (i).

2 The scrolled shape gives the term curlicue or curleycue to a façade with scrolled gable, otherwise known as a curtail façade, common in Belgium and The Netherlands.

Subjects: Architecture.


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