One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A male figure used as a pillar to support an entablature or other structure.
column, post, pole, support, upright, vertical, baluster, pier, pile, piling, pilaster, stanchion, standard, prop, buttressView synonyms
- ‘Between them stood impressive statues of giants, the telamones, which functioned as load-bearing supports for the structure.’
- ‘The base of each lamp is composed of three heavily muscled telamones, all standing facing outward with feet together and arms straight at their sides, hands supported by buttresses.’
- ‘The presbytery is a late Renaissance masterpiece composing a choir, a Temple by Pellegrini, two pulpits with giant telamones covered in copper and bronze, and two large organs.’
- ‘On the tip of the spire is a weathervane of Fortuna, seen standing on a gilded globe supported by two telamones.’
- ‘The entablature is supported by four beturbaned telamones; in the centre is the draped sarcophagus.’
Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek telamōnes, plural of Telamōn, the name of a mythical hero.
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