Cameo Cam"e*o (k[a^]m"[-e]*[-o]), n.; pl. {Cameos} (k[a^]m"[-e]*[=o]z). [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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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. The classical cameos made in Italy are carved on a seashell (see {cameo conch}, below), having an olive figure carved from the inner layer of the shell in relief on the white background of the outer layer of the shell. [1913 Webster]

{Cameo conch} (Zo["o]l.), a large, marine, univalve shell, esp. {Cassis cameo}, {Cassis rua}, and allied species, used for cutting cameos. See {Quern conch}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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