Met"o*pe (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ; with, between + opening, hole, the hole in the frieze between the beam ends.]
The space between two triglyphs of the Doric frieze, which, among the ancients, was often adorned with carved work. See Illust. of Entablature.
The face of a crab.
⇒ In the Parthenon, groups of centaurs and heroes in high relief occupy the metopes.
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