Pronunciation: (tāl'pēs"), [key]
1. a piece added at the end; an end piece or appendage.
2. Print.a small decorative design at the end of a chapter or at the bottom of a page.
3. (in a musical instrument of the viol family) a triangular piece of wood, usually of ebony, to which the lower ends of the strings are fastened.
4. Building Trades.a relatively short beam or rafter inserted in a wall by tailing and supported by a header.
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