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niello

Syllabification: ni·el·lo
Pronunciation: /nēˈelō
 
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Definition of niello in English:

noun

1A black compound of sulfur with silver, lead, or copper, used for filling in engraved designs in silver or other metals.
Example sentences
  • It consists of a series of wide and narrow bands of rinceaux, arabesques, and garlands in niello and filigree, with one lower section including an arcade with figures.
  • The object is then heated at a low temperature causing the niello to fuse, become viscous, and finally cement itself permanently to the metal.
  • Along with enameling, decorating watches with niello was a common practice in the nineteenth century.
1.1Objects decorated with this.

Origin

early 19th century: from Italian, from Latin nigellus, diminutive of niger 'black'.

Derivatives

nielloed

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The other series is decorated in a finer scrolling pattern against a black nielloed ground.
  • The ornamentation of such objects was similar to that of the nielloed gold and silver ladles and cups produced at the Kremlin Armoury in the 16th to early 17th centuries.
  • The upper level comprises the numerals and dividing circles which are polished and nielloed.

Words that rhyme with niello

Bargello, bellow, bordello, cello, Donatello, fellow, jello, martello, mellow, morello, Novello, Pirandello, Portobello, Punchinello, Uccello, violoncello, yellow

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