flèche (flĕsh, flāsh)
A slender spire, especially one on a church above the intersection of the nave and transept.
[French, arrow, flèche, from Old French, arrow, of Germanic origin; see pleu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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c. 1860 flèche on the Cathedral of Notre-Dame
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