What is the meaning of the furniture term Corbel?

Brace or bracket to carry weight, in which one or more bricks or stones project to carry a weight. In furniture and architectural terms, a corbel refers to a projection, usually a bracket or a decorative element, that supports a weight (such as a shelf, beam, or stone). It is typically made of stone, wood, or metal and is used to add structural support or visual interest to a piece of furniture or a building. Corbels can be elaborately carved and serve both functional and decorative purposes.
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