One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A representation in stone of a basket of flowers.
- ‘Set of 6 very good corbeils in old weathered condition with traces of original red paint.’
- ‘Fluted columns, corbeils and beaded panel support and augment the mouldings.’
Early 18th century: from French corbeille ‘basket’, from late Latin corbicula ‘small basket’, diminutive of corbis.
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