Definition of scagliola in English:


Syllabification: scagl·io·la
Pronunciation: /skalˈyōlə


  • Imitation marble or other stone, made of plaster mixed with glue and dyes, which is then painted or polished.
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    • The splendid scagliola columns are repaired and polished to their eighteenth-century condition.
    • The Egyptian dining room had been painted over, but when stripped it revealed a vast expanse of scagliola (18th-century plaster marbling).
    • Neapolitan workshops also produced scagliola, a composition substance that could closely imitate pietre dure decoration.


mid 18th century: from Italian scagliuola, diminutive of scaglia 'a scale'.

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