Dadoes
Dado Da"do, n.; pl. {Dadoes}. [It. dado die, cube, pedestal; of the same origin as E. die, n. See {Die}, n.] (Arch.) (a) That part of a pedestal included between the base and the cornice (or surbase); the die. See Illust. of {Column}. Hence: (b) In any wall, that part of the basement included between the base and the base course. See {Base course}, under {Base}. (c) In interior decoration, the lower part of the wall of an apartment when adorned with moldings, or otherwise specially decorated.

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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