One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stone block projecting under a cornice in the Doric order.
- ‘It has Tuscan columns, a frieze with triglyphs, metopes, guttae and mutules, and is surmounted by a triangular pediment.’
- ‘The piers and pilasters carry a deep entablature which was enriched with triglyphs and mutules.’
- ‘The triglyphs are omitted in favor of a blank frieze, but the mutules with guttae of Benjamin's design are present.’
- ‘At the end of the central nave there is a large cornice decorated with mutules or rectangular blocks, and with a triangular pediment at the top.’
- ‘The cornice has projecting blocks or mutules in its exposed lower surface or soffit, above which is a plain vertical face or corona, finished by a group of crowning moldings.’
Mid 17th century: from French, from Latin mutulus.
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