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broach spire Line breaks: broach spire

Definition of broach spire in English:


An octagonal church spire rising from a square tower without a parapet.
Example sentences
  • This Gothic church, built of Vermont granite, originally had a stone broach spire crowned with a finial.
  • The earliest part of the church is the west tower with its broach spire which dates from the thirteenth century.
  • This specimen of early 14th century work seems to contain the transition from the broach spire to the embattled one.

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