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congé, 1
1. see apophyge.
2. A quarter-round concave molding, tangent to a vertical surface and succeeded by a fillet parallel to that surface.
3. In ceramic tile work, a sanitary base or sanitary shoe.
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By eliminating sharp angles at floor and wall junctures, integral cove bases without seams can greatly minimize the areas in which contaminants can accumulate and grow--and make cleaning and drainage far more efficient and thorough.