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swash letter

noun
1.
an ornamental italic capital letter having a flourish extending beyond the body of the type.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85
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British Dictionary definitions for swash-letter

swash letter

noun
1.
(printing) a decorative letter, esp an ornamental italic capital
Word Origin
C17 swash (n, in the sense: the decorative flourish of an ornamental letter) from aswash aslant
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