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[skal-yoh-luh] /skælˈyoʊ lə/
plasterwork imitating marble, granite, or the like.
1575-85; < Italian, equivalent to scagli(a) a chip (< Gothic skalja tile; cognate with shell) + -ola diminutive suffix
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scagliolist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scagliola
  • The walls between the pilasters are finished in scagliola, an imitation marble made of finely ground gypsum and glue.
  • Others are scagliola, a kind of imitation marble made on plaster with special painting techniques.
  • The lobby is dominated by immense rounded scagliola columns and the marble staircase leading to a balustraded mezzanine.
  • The iron columns will be en cased in scagliola and the entire floor will be of marble.
  • The lower walls are covered with scagliola to simulate marble.
British Dictionary definitions for scagliola


imitation marble made of glued gypsum with a polished surface of coloured stone or marble dust
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, diminutive of scaglia chip of marble, of Germanic origin; related to shale, scale²
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