decorative work in which scroll forms figure prominently.
ornamental work cut out with a scroll saw.

1730–40; scroll + work Unabridged
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scrollwork (ˈskrəʊlˌwɜːk)
ornamental work in scroll-like patterns, esp when done with a scroll saw

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in architecture and furniture design, use of curved elements suggesting such shapes as a sea wave, a vine, or a scroll of paper partly unrolled. In Classical architecture the main example is the volutes or spiral scrolls of an Ionic capital, which also appear less prominently in the Corinthian and Composite orders. On friezes a common device is the Vitruvian, or running dog, or wave, scroll

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Example sentences
The wagon builders employed woodcarvers to decorate the exteriors with figures
  and scrollwork.
No scrollwork, lettering, or signature can appear on the design itself.
The pedimented gable of the portico feature embossed scrollwork and is
  underscored with brackets.
The frieze is also dark in the photo, while the scrollwork balustrade of the
  verandah is a light color.
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