quatrefoil

[ARCHITECTURE] Tracery or an ornament with four foils or lobes.

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The room Werner and Bernd are given, on the top floor of a requisitioned hotel in the city within the walls, is like a place that time wants no part of: three-hundred-year-old stucco quatrefoils and palmate capitals and spiraling horns of fruit festoon the ceiling.

Definition from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition (via Wordnik); image fromĀ newtempleinprovo.blogspot.com

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