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guilloche

[gi-lohsh] /gɪˈloʊʃ/
noun
1.
an ornamental pattern or border, as in architecture, consisting of paired ribbons or lines flowing in interlaced curves around a series of circular voids.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < French: graining tool < ?
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  • The license will be printed on a colored guilloche patterned background.
  • The mantel's cornice-shelf itself is enriched with fretwork and guilloche moldings.
  • It has a rectangular opening framed by a molded architrave with an applied guilloche band.
British Dictionary definitions for guilloche

guilloche

/ɡɪˈlɒʃ/
noun
1.
an ornamental band or border with a repeating pattern of two or more interwoven wavy lines, as in architecture
Word Origin
C19: from French: tool used in ornamental work, perhaps from Guillaume William
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