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[fres-koh] /ˈfrɛs koʊ/
noun, plural frescoes, frescos.
Also called buon fresco, true fresco. the art or technique of painting on a moist, plaster surface with colors ground up in water or a limewater mixture.
Compare fresco secco.
a picture or design so painted.
verb (used with object), frescoed, frescoing.
to paint in fresco.
Origin of fresco
1590-1600; < Italian: cool, fresh (< Gmc)
Related forms
frescoer, frescoist, noun Unabridged
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noun (pl) -coes, -cos
a very durable method of wall-painting using watercolours on wet plaster or, less properly, dry plaster (fresco secco), with a less durable result
a painting done in this way
Word Origin
C16: from Italian: fresh plaster, coolness, from fresco (adj) fresh, cool, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for fresco

1590s, in fresco, literally "in fresh," with a sense of "painted on fresh mortar or plaster," from Italian fresco "cool, fresh," from Proto-Germanic *friskaz (see fresh (adj.1)).

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fresco in Culture

fresco definition

A painting on wet plaster. When the plaster dries, the painting is bonded to the wall. Fresco was a popular method for painting large murals during the Renaissance. The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, is a fresco, as are the paintings by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

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fresco in Technology

1. An object-oriented API for graphical user interfaces, under development by the X Consortium as an open, multi-vendor standard.
2. An object-oriented specification language.
["Refinement in Fresco", in Object Oriented Specification Case Studies, K. Lano et al eds, P-H 1993].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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