- n. A term borrowed from French, combined with English elements and modelled on an Italian item. A decorative pattern consisting of flowing lines (typically of branches, leaves, and flowers) that scroll or interlace. Also as a mass noun: decoration or ornamentation employing patterns of this type.
- Simpson, John; Weiner, Edmund (eds). The Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989. [www.oed.com]
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