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cameos


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cameo  \Cam"e*o\,  n.;  pl  {Cameos}.  [It  cammeo;  akin  to  F. 
  cam['e]e,  cama["i]eu,  Sp  camafeo  LL  camaeus  camahutus  of 
  unknown  origin.] 
  A  carving  in  relief,  esp.  one  on  a  small  scale  used  as  a 
  jewel  for  personal  adornment,  or  like 
 
  Note:  Most  cameos  are  carved  in  a  material  which  has  layers 
  of  different  colors,  such  stones  as  the  onyx  and 
  sardonyx,  and  various  kinds  of  shells,  being  used 
 
  {Cameo  conch}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  marine,  univalve  shell, 
  esp.  {Cassis  cameo},  {C.  rua},  and  allied  species,  used 
  for  cutting  cameos.  See  {Quern  conch}. 




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