Cameo conch
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]


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  • Conch — (k[o^][ng]k), n. [L. concha, Gr. ko gchh. See {Coach}, n.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A name applied to various marine univalve shells; esp. to those of the genus {Strombus}, which are of large size. {Strombus gigas} is the large pink West Indian conch. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cameo shell — noun also cameo conch : a large gastropod shell used for cameos: as a. : queen conch b. : a large king conch …   Useful english dictionary

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  • cameo shells — Helmet Hel met, n. [OF. helmet, a dim of helme, F. heaume; of Teutonic origin; cf. G. helm, akin to AS. & OS. helm, D. helm, helmet, Icel. hj[=a]lmr, Sw. hjelm, Dan. hielm, Goth. hilms; and prob. from the root of AS. helan to hide, to hele; cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cassis cameo — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Queen conch — Queen Queen, n. [OE. quen, quene, queen, quean, AS. cw[=e]n wife, queen, woman; akin to OS. qu[=a]n wife, woman, Icel. kv[=a]n wife, queen, Goth. q[=e]ns. [root]221. See {Quean}.] 1. The wife of a king. [1913 Webster] 2. A woman who is the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cassis cameo — Queen Queen, n. [OE. quen, quene, queen, quean, AS. cw[=e]n wife, queen, woman; akin to OS. qu[=a]n wife, woman, Icel. kv[=a]n wife, queen, Goth. q[=e]ns. [root]221. See {Quean}.] 1. The wife of a king. [1913 Webster] 2. A woman who is the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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