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champlevé

[shahn-luh-vey] /ʃɑ̃ ləˈveɪ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an enamel piece or enameling technique in which enamel is fused onto the incised or hollowed areas of a metal base.
noun, plural champlevés
[shahn-luh-vey, -veyz] /ʃɑ̃ ləˈveɪ, -ˈveɪz/ (Show IPA)
2.
an enamel piece made by the champlevé method.
3.
the technique used to produce champlevé enamels.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < French, past participle of champlever to lift (i.e., take out) a field (i.e., a flat part), make hollow places on the ground to be engraved; see camp1, lever
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British Dictionary definitions for champleve

champlevé

/ʃɑ̃lve; English ˌʃæmpləˈveɪ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a process of enamelling by which grooves are cut into a metal base and filled with enamel colours
noun
2.
an object enamelled by this process
Word Origin
C19: from champ field (level surface) + levé raised
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