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arabesque


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Arabesque  \Ar`a*besque"\,  n.  [F.  arabesque,  fr  It  arabesco 
  fr  Arabo  Arab.] 
  A  style  of  ornamentation  either  painted,  inlaid,  or  carved  in 
  low  relief.  It  consists  of  a  pattern  in  which  plants,  fruits, 
  foliage,  etc.,  as  well  as  figures  of  men  and  animals,  real  or 
  imaginary,  are  fantastically  interlaced  or  put  together. 
 
  Note:  It  was  employed  in  Roman  imperial  ornamentation,  and 
  appeared,  without  the  animal  figures,  in  Moorish  and 
  Arabic  decorative  art.  (See  {Moresque}.)  The  arabesques 
  of  the  Renaissance  were  founded  on  Greco-Roman  work 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Arabesque  \Ar`a*besque"\,  a. 
  1.  Arabian.  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  Relating  to  or  exhibiting,  the  style  of  ornament  called 
  arabesque;  as  arabesque  frescoes. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  arabesque 
  n  1:  position  in  which  the  dancer  has  one  leg  raised  behind  and 
  arms  outstretched  in  a  conventional  pose 
  2:  an  ornament  that  interlaces  simulated  foliage  in  an 
  intricate  design 




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