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scrollwork

[skrohl-wurk] /ˈskroʊlˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
decorative work in which scroll forms figure prominently.
2.
ornamental work cut out with a scroll saw.
Origin of scrollwork
1730-1740
1730-40; scroll + work
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  • The scrollwork is as effective as the medallions are insignificant.

  • Old engravings are procured of scrollwork, usually from the end of some book.

    Chats on Old Furniture Arthur Hayden
  • The sides were panelled and carved with scrollwork; and at the same time a sounding-board was introduced.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • The centre of the square has a high iron fence about it, gates with scrollwork, which are commonly shut.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • Generally composed of a framework of shields or medallions, with a design of scrollwork flowing through it.

  • Grills composed of small spindles and scrollwork are strikingly beautiful if displayed in light which does the wood justice.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The fact that its massive gold and its scrollwork of inlaid platinum were worth a fortune meant nothing to him then.

    The Finding of Haldgren Charles Willard Diffin
  • More frequently the design was of scrollwork, worked with a fine black silk back stitching or chain stitch.

    Quilts Marie D. Webster
  • Beautiful clocks, massive with griffiens and gargoyles, nymphs and scrollwork—they shelter heroes.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • He came slowly to his feet and steadied himself with one hand on the scrollwork of the bed.

    The Finding of Haldgren Charles Willard Diffin
British Dictionary definitions for scrollwork

scrollwork

/ˈskrəʊlˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
ornamental work in scroll-like patterns, esp when done with a scroll saw
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Word Origin and History for scrollwork
n.

1822, from scroll (n.) + work (n.).

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