Word of the Day: armature

Word of the Day: armature

The word armature has appeared in 20 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 24 in “What’s Inside a Butter Cow? It’s Not Just Butter” by Amanda Holpuch:

The oily visage of a butter cow is an alluring sight at state fairs across the nation, but few people have taken the time to think about what’s inside them. Warning: It’s not more butter.

Instead, like any large sculpture not hewn from a solid block of clay or ice (or sometimes butter), the cows and other large dairy-based sculptures are assembled around an internal framework, or armature. This has come as a surprise to some on social media in recent days.

… Sarah Pratt, the butter sculptor for state fairs in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas, added that not using an armature would “be like taking all of the bones out of a dairy cow and expecting it to stand.”

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