Cun

Word Origin & History

cun
"to learn to know, inquire into," from O.E. cunnian "to learn to know," ult. from the same ancient root as can (v.). Surviving into 17c. and perhaps later in dialects.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
CUN
Cancun International Airport
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cun

in Chinese painting, brushstrokes or dabs that give texture, or surface, to the pictorial elements. The Chinese artist does not strive for illusionistic modeling that is dependent upon the manipulation of light and shade; rather, after the forms are outlined, texture strokes are used to give character to the form, ranging from a suggestion of its tactile surface to a summary visual impression.

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