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coffer.
1. Caisson or lacuna, i.e. deep panel sunk in a ceiling, dome, soffit, or vault, often decorated in the centre with a stylized flower or similar embellishment, as on the undersides of Composite and Corinthian cornices. A ceiling, etc., with coffers is said to be coffered, and coffering is an arrangement of coffers.

2. Cavity in a thick wall, pier, etc., filled with rubble and other material, often box-like compartments formed by the facing-stones and cross- or bonding-stones.

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cof·fer / ˈkôfər; ˈkäfər/ • n. 1. a strongbox or small chest for holding valuables. ∎  (coffers) the funds or financial reserves of a group or institution: the federal government's empty coffers. 2. a recessed panel in a ceiling. DERIVATIVES: cof·fered adj. (in sense 2).

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coffer XIII. — (O)F. coffre :- L. cophinus basket; see next.