Œil`-de-bœuf" (?), n.; pl. Œils-de-bœuf (#). [F., lit., eye of an ox.] (Arch.)

A circular or oval window; -- generally used of architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. A famous room in the palace of Versailles bears this name, from the oval window opening into it.

 

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