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1 Pediment of a temple, or, more especially, tympanum from the Greek ὰητόσ, ὰήτωμα.

2 Gable.

3 Reading-desk or lectern in a church, often in the form of an eagle, symbol of the Word and St John the Evangelist. The eagle was believed to be the only bird that could fly directly into the sun without closing its eyes: thus it became a symbol of Holy Scripture, leading us with open eyes to God.

James Douglas

Subjects: Architecture.

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