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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

ASTRAGAL, n. Also astarigel (e.Lth. 1815 Foord Acct. Bk. MS. 166); asticle (Ags. 1806 R. Finlayson Arbroath Documents (1923) 42). Sc. form of Eng. astragal, a type of moulding in wood-, metal- or plaster-work. Sc. usage: a glazing bar in a window (Cai. 1936, asticle). Gen.Sc. Also attrib.Sc. 1814 J. Sinclair Agric. Scot. App. I. 262:
The window frames and astragals also made of cast-iron.
Ayr. 1901 Trans. Highl. Soc. XIII. 35:
Frame, sill, sashes, astragals.
Sc. 2001 Herald 14 Mar :
The window frames and astragals are all painted white, adding to the Georgian effect, but there is the modern innovation of secondary glazing to ensure the rooms are kept warm without spoiling the effect.
Sc. 2001 Edinburgh Evening News 13 Jun 3:
The room has double glazed windows with astragals either side and further sash and case windows overlooking the impressive garden.
Sc. 2002 Herald 1 Mar 16:
The chinoiserie design of the astragals in the windows reflect the oriental theme of bridges and balustrades in other parts of the garden. The design for the house was drawn up by the duchess's long-time companion, Miss Murray McGrigor, and was described in a letter written by the duke to his mother in the 1880s.
Sc. 2004 Press and Journal 1 Jun 4:
Fine period features have been retained, including mid-18th century fielded pine panelling in all of the front rooms, astragal sash windows with working shutters and the original timber staircase with oak banisters.
Sc. 2004 Scotland on Sunday 8 Aug 3:
An internal stone staircase leads to a lower landing where further stairs access the master bedroom on one side with the kitchen on the other. Internal astragal windows open from this stairwell onto the living room at the front and a box room behind, which allows unexpected views from both.
Sc. 2004 Scotsman 27 Oct 35:
Well, Scotland could reliably deliver rain, but centuries of building on Castlehill rather restricted the rest of the scene. Even so, when the conversion was complete it was magical, and the tall astragal windows leading to the terrace provided just a hint of that Sound of Music summerhouse.

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