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amorino

[am-uh-ree-noh; Italian ah-maw-ree-naw] /ˌæm əˈri noʊ; Italian ˌɑ mɔˈri nɔ/
noun, plural amorini
[am-uh-ree-nee] /ˌæm əˈri ni/ (Show IPA).
Fine Arts.
1.
a putto represented as an infant cupid.
Origin of amorino
1855-1860
1855-60; < Italian, equivalent to amor(e) love (see amoretto) + -ino diminutive suffix (< Latin -īnus adj. suffix)
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  • Note how he hangs his swags, and swings his amorini, from the horizontal borders.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee
  • The chariots are driven by amorini, who are not attending to what they are about, and drive over one another.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • In the lunettes of the ceiling are amorini, with the attributes of those gods who have done homage to the power of Love.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • A troubadour and a singing girl amuse them with songs, amorini flutter around them and wave their torches.

    Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies
  • It soon degenerated into “earthly loves” and “cupids,” or amorini as they were termed and as we now understand them.

  • Drawings were made and approved: a few months afterwards the amorini were set up in the gardens.

  • His work is often excessively flamboyant and over-elaborate; he revelled in amorini and swags, arabesques and cartouches.

  • Beneath the lintel two caps with amorini of the fifteenth or sixteenth century have been inserted.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • A clock case, white porcelain, of rock and scroll work, with flowers and groups of amorini.

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