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A.Word.A.Day--finial

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This week's theme: words for odds and ends.

finial (FIN-ee-ehl, FI-nee-) noun

1. An ornamental object on top of an architectural structure or a piece of furniture.

2. A curve at the end of the main stroke of a character in some italic fonts.

[From Middle English finial (final), from Latin finis (end).]

See more usage examples of finial in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Just ahead, rolling lawns and a canopy of pecan, willow, oak and English walnut trees frame an imposing multitiered manor house complete with portico exterior, dormer windows and a welcoming 3 1/2-foot pineapple finial crowning its mansard roof." Suzanne Murphy-Larronde; Mind Your Manors; The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Mar 18, 2001.

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I don't trust a man who uses the word evil eighteen times in ten minutes. If you're half evil, nothing soothes you more than to think the person you are opposed to is totally evil. -Norman Mailer, author (1923- )

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