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[kah-voh-ri-lee-voh, key-] /ˈkɑ voʊ rɪˈli voʊ, ˈkeɪ-/
noun, plural cavo-relievos. Fine Arts.
a form of relief sculpture in which the volumes are carved or incised so that the highest points are below or level with the original surface.
Compare intaglio (defs 1–3).
a piece of sculpture in this form.
Also called sunk relief.
Origin of cavo-relievo
< Italian cavo-rilievo hollow relief. See cave, relief2 Unabridged
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/ˌkɑːvəʊrɪˈliːvəʊ; ˌkeɪ-/
noun (pl) -vos, -vi (-vɪ)
a relief sculpture in which the highest point in the carving is below the level of the original surface
Word Origin
Italian, literally: hollow relief
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