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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Acroterium \Ac`ro*te`ri*um\ (-[u^]m), n.; pl. Acroteria. [L.,
fr. Gr. 'akrwth`rion summit, fr. 'a`kros topmost.] (Arch.)
(a) One of the small pedestals, for statues or other
ornaments, placed on the apex and at the basal angles of
a pediment. Acroteria are also sometimes placed upon the
gables in Gothic architecture. --J. H. Parker.
(b) One of the pedestals, for vases or statues, forming a
part roof balustrade.
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