/ˈspændrəl/ (say 'spandruhl)

noun Architecture
1. the triangular space between either half of the extrados of an arch and a rectangular moulding or part enclosing the arch.
2. the space included between the extradoses of two adjacent arches and a horizontal moulding or part above.
{Middle English spaundrell, apparently diminutive of Anglo-French spaundre; origin uncertain}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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