Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Word of the day: astragal

The word of the day is astragal:

1. a small convex molding cut into the form of a string of beads.
2. a plain convex molding; bead.
3. a molding attached to one or both meeting stiles of a pair of double doors in order to prevent drafts.

"The glazing of the light room was interrupted only by the crisscrossing of the astragals that kept the panes in place."

 - M. L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans (2012)

I'm not convinced that was actually the right word.  Maybe it's different in Australian?

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