cor·bel (kôrbəl, -bĕl′)
A piece of stone, wood, brick, or other building material, projecting from the face of a wall and generally used to support a cornice or arch.
tr.v. cor·beled, cor·bel·ing, cor·bels also cor·belled or cor·bel·ling
To provide with or support by a corbel or corbels.
[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of corp, raven (from the similarity of its shape to that of a raven's beak), from Latin corvus.]
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