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NOUN:
  1. A plain square block higher than a plinth, serving as a pedestal for sculpture, a vase, or a column.
  2. A plain plinth supporting a wall.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Italian zoccolo, wooden shoe, from Latin socculus, diminutive of soccus, a kind of light shoe ; see sock1


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