Definition of ancon in English:

ancon

noun

Architecture
  • 1A console or bracket, typically with two volutes, that supports or appears to support a cornice.

    • ‘It also includes the special moulded bricks for ancones, header joists and ceramic roof beams.’
    • ‘The modillion was a bracket, a horizontal version of the ancones which supported the cornice of the Greek doorway cornice.’
    • ‘Each has three square-headed window openings per floor, and is supported by a single stone ancon and topped by a broad, stone cornice.’
  • 2Each of a pair of projections on either side of a block of stone or other material, used for lifting it.

    • ‘The ancones should prevent the ropes by which the stones are raised from slipping away.’
    • ‘This can be justified in all cases: The U-shaped channels, the ancones and the stops differ in distance from the top of the block.’
    • ‘The fact that these ancones have not yet been sawed off, is an indicator of the unfinished state of the temple.’

Origin

Early 18th century (denoting the corner or quoin of a wall or rafter): via Latin from Greek ankōn bend, elbow.

Pronunciation:

ancon

/ˈaNGkän/