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(pl. helices).

1 Small volute or urilla under the abacus of the Corinthian capital, of which there are 16 (2 at each angle, and 2 on each face) connected to the stalks. According to some authorities the 8 inner spiral forms are the helices, while those at the angles are volutes.

2 Any volute, as on an Ionic or Composite capital, a console, or a modillion.

3 Handrail of a stair balustrade forming a helix over the newel.

Subjects: Architecture.


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