Definition of protome in English:

protome

(also protomê)

noun

Art Architecture
  • Originally: a bust. Now: a representation of the foremost or upper part of an animal (or occasionally a human) used to decorate a piece of sculpture, pottery, etc.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Stukeley (1687–1765), antiquary and natural philosopher. From Hellenistic Greek προτομή foremost or upper part of anything, bust or half-figure from ancient Greek προ- + τομή cutting, after προτέμνειν to cut off in front.

Pronunciation

protome

/ˈprɒtəmiː/