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cavetto (pl. cavetti). Concave chamfer, gorge, hollow, throat, or trochilus moulding the section of which is a quarter-round, often used on cornices, distinguished from the scotia, the section of which is a half-circle, half-ellipse, or more. It normally has a torus beneath, and, in Ancient Egyptian architecture, was the main element of a cornice, plain or decorated with upright stylized leaf forms.