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cupola.
1. Bowl-shaped vault on a circular, elliptical, or polygonal plan.

2. Underside or soffit of a dome.

3. Bowl-shaped element carried on columns set as a canopy over a tomb, etc., or a ciborium.

4. Small dome on the lantern over the eye of a large dome, or the dome plus lantern, or any diminutive domed form, visible above a roof.

5. Revolving dome of an observatory, or an armoured revolving dome over the guns of a fortress.

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cu·po·la / ˈkyoōpələ/ • n. a small dome, esp. a small dome on a drum on top of a larger dome, adorning a roof or ceiling. ∎  a gun turret; a small domed hatch above a gun turret on some tanks. ∎  (also cupola furnace) a cylindrical furnace for refining metals.DERIVATIVES: cu·po·laed adj.

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cupola A small, dome-shaped, satellite intrusion (see INTRUSIVE) projecting upwards from the main body of a larger intrusion or batholith.

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cupola rounded dome XVI; furnace for melting metals, orig. with a dome leading to the chimney XVIII. — It. — late L. cūpula little cask, small burying-vault, dim. of cūpa (see CUP).

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cupola (kew-pŏ-lă) n.
1. the small dome at the end of the cochlea.

2. any of several dome-shaped anatomical structures.

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cupola Small dome crowning a roof or turret, at the intersection of the arms of a building or on the corners of a square plan.