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brocatel

or brocatelle

[brok-uh-tel, broh-kuh-] /ˌbrɒk əˈtɛl, ˌbroʊ kə-/
noun
1.
a brocade in which the design is woven in high relief.
2.
an ornamental marble with variegated coloring, found especially in Italy and Spain.
Origin of brocatel
late Middle French
1660-1670
1660-70; < French brocatelle, late Middle French brocatel < Italian broccatello, equivalent to broccat(o) (see brocade) + -ello diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples
  • The partitions were hidden under rich tapestries of poppy-coloured Venetian brocatelle with handsome designs in green and gold.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • She brought us one of her corsets to look at, a love of a corset, in brocatelle, all over many-colored flowers.

    Jacqueline, Complete (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon
British Dictionary definitions for brocatelle

brocatelle

/ˌbrɒkəˈtɛl/
noun
1.
a heavy brocade with the design in deep relief, used chiefly in upholstery
2.
a type of variegated marble from France and Italy
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian broccatello, diminutive of broccatobrocade
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