(architecture) A short column used in a group to support a rail, as commonly found on the side of a stairway; a banister.
Other Word Forms of Baluster
Origin of Baluster
French balustre, from Italian balaustro 'pillar', from balausta 'wild pomegranate flower', so named because of resemblance to the swelling form of the half-open flower, from Ancient Greek βαλαύστιον (balaustion), from Semitic (compare Aramaic balatz 'wild pomegranate flower').
French balustre from Italian balaustro from balaustra pomegranate flower (from a resemblance to the post) from Latin balaustium from Greek balaustion
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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