Etymology: Perhaps from Latin cornix, 'crow', influenced by Greek koronis, 'crown'.
- (architecture) The topmost architectural element of a building, projecting forward from the main walls, originally used as a means of directing rainwater away from the building's walls.
- A decorative element applied at the topmost part of the wall of a room, as with a crown moulding.
- A decorative element at the topmost portion of certain pieces of furniture, as with a highboy.
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