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Damascene

[dam-uh-seen, dam-uh-seen] /ˈdæm əˌsin, ˌdæm əˈsin/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the city of Damascus.
2.
(lowercase) of or relating to the art of damascening.
noun
3.
an inhabitant of Damascus.
4.
(lowercase) work or patterns produced by damascening.
verb (used with object), Damascened, Damascening.
5.
(lowercase). Also, damaskeen
[dam-uh-skeen, dam-uh-skeen] /ˈdæm əˌskin, ˌdæm əˈskin/ (Show IPA)
. to produce wavy lines on (Damascus steel).
Origin of Damascene
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Damascēnus of Damascus < Greek Damaskēnós, equivalent to Damask(ós) Damascus + -ēnos -ene
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  • Johnnie's three or four damascened daggers were rubbed bright with hog's lard and sand.

    House of Torment Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • It was encrusted and damascened over with the rust of ocean.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • She wore the costume we just now described; but she held in her hand a rifle, damascened with silver.

  • The iron blades were cunningly ornamented with damascened copper, and the hilts artistically inlaid with the same metal.

    The Negro W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Hissar was long famous for its damascened swords and its silk goods.

  • Goliath's helmet, and David's greaves, on which the fleur de lys florencée has been damascened, are decorated with unfailing tact.

    Donatello David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
  • Among the contents was a damascened sword, with runes, showing that the letter existed among the Northmen in the seventh century.

  • In the corners stood carved cupboards, damascened with ebony and mother-of-pearl.

    The Precipice Ivan Goncharov
  • The hilt was studded with gems, and the blade, which had a cutting edge, was damascened in blue and gold.

  • The centre one, which is damascened, has in front of it an extra gorget, and a placcate to strengthen the breast.

British Dictionary definitions for damascened

damascene

/ˈdæməˌsiːn; ˌdæməˈsiːn/
verb
1.
(transitive) to ornament (metal, esp steel) by etching or by inlaying, usually with gold or silver
noun
2.
a design or article produced by this process
adjective
3.
of or relating to this process
Word Origin
C14: from Latin damascēnus of Damascus

Damascene

/ˈdæməˌsiːn; ˌdæməˈsiːn/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Damascus
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Damascus
3.
a variety of domestic fancy pigeon with silvery plumage
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