One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- old-fashioned term for coping stone
- ‘For small erections may be finished by their first architect; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity.’
- ‘In the cathedral of Vienna, the architect of the fifteenth-century Chapel of St. Barbara doubled the effect by fashioning two instances of the hanging copestones supported by flying ribs - one in each of its two bays.’
Mid 16th century: from cope + stone.
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