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rosemaling

Line breaks: rose|mal¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊsəˌmɑːlɪŋ
 
, -ˌmɔːlɪŋ, -zə-/

Definition of rosemaling in English:

noun

[mass noun] chiefly North American
1The art, originating in Norway, of painting wooden furniture and objects with flower motifs: the folk art of rosemaling
More example sentences
  • You can find wall-mounted coat racks with rosemaling, or other styles of decorative painting.
1.1Painted flower motifs as used in rosemaling: there is excruciating embarrassment in smudged rosemaling
More example sentences
  • The current popularity of the peasant arts of wood carving and rosemaling (rose painting) also grew out of the bygdelag tradition.

Origin

1940s: from Norwegian, literally 'rose painting'.

Derivatives

rosemaled

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Give people a severe California-style rambler c. 1960, and by 2003 they've geegawed the lawn, hung kitsch in the windows, rosemaled the letterbox.

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