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Acanʹthus

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The leafy ornament used in the capitals of Corinthian and composite columns. It is said that Callimʹachos lost his daughter, and set a basket of flowers on her grave, with a tile to keep the wind from blowing it away. The next time he went to visit the grave an acanthus had sprung up around the basket, which so struck the fancy of the architect that he introduced the design in his buildings.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Abundant Number (An)
Abus
Abyla
Abyssinians
Acacetus
Academics
Academy
Academy Figures
Acadia—i.e.
Acadine
Acanthus
Acceptance
Accessory
Accident
Accidental or Subjective Colours
Accidentals
Accidente!
Accidents
Accius Navius
Accolade
Accommodation

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Acanthus