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Also, bezzant. the gold solidus of the Byzantine Empire, widely circulated in the Middle Ages.
Also, byzant. (in Romanesque architecture) any of a number of disklike ornaments, similar in form to the classical patera, used especially on the faces of archivolts.
Historical Examples

The Red Cross in Peace and War Clara Barton
Chaucer’s Works, Volume 1 (of 7) — Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems Geoffrey Chaucer
The Prince of India, Volume II Lew. Wallace
Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2) John Roby

a medieval Byzantine gold coin
(architect) an ornament in the form of a flat disc
(heraldry) a small gold circle


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