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[skrah-fee-toh; Italian zgrahf-fee-taw] /skrɑˈfi toʊ; Italian zgrɑfˈfi tɔ/
noun, plural sgraffiti
[skrah-fee-tee; Italian zgrahf-fee-tee] /skrɑˈfi ti; Italian zgrɑfˈfi ti/ (Show IPA)
a technique of ornamentation in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is incised to reveal a ground of contrasting color.
an object, especially pottery, decorated by this technique.
Compare graffito.
Origin of sgraffito
1720-30; < Italian, past participle of sgraffire to do graffito work, derivative of sgraffio a scratch, implement for drawing, itself derivative of (s)graffiare to scratch, draw on plaster with a pointed tool; see ex1, graffito Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ti (-tɪ)
a technique in mural or ceramic decoration in which the top layer of glaze, plaster, etc, is incised with a design to reveal parts of the ground
such a decoration
an object decorated in such a way
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from sgraffire to scratch; see graffiti
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