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dado

1. the lower part of an interior wall that is decorated differently from the upper part
2. Architect the part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice
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Dado

A rectangular groove cut across the full width of a piece of wood to receive the end of another piece.
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dado

[′dā·dō]
(architecture)
The lower portion of an interior wall set off by molding or other decoration.
The portion of a pedestal between surbase and base.
The portion of a wall basement between surbase and base course.
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dado

dado, 3
1. The middle portion of a pedestal between the base (or the plinth) and the sur-base (or the cornice, cap, or entablement); also called die.
2. The middle part (sometimes all parts) of a protective, ornamental paneling applied to the lower walls of a room above the
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