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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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