[kab-uh-shon; French ka-baw-shawn]
- a precious stone of convex hemispherical or oval form, polished but not cut into facets.
- an ornamental motif resembling this, either concave or convex and often surrounded by ornately carved leaf patterns, used on furniture of the 18th century.
- in the form of a cabochon: a turquoise cut cabochon.
- being cut cabochon: cabochon gems.
Origin of cabochon
1570–80; < Middle French, equivalent to caboche head (see cabbage1) + -on diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for cabochon
I make a point of having a cabochon emerald: I collect them.'The Explorer
W. Somerset Maugham
As you walk around them they glow in lights and shades like a Cabochon emerald.The Oriental Rug
William D. Ellwanger
Otherwise, as Mr. Cabochon judiciously says, why have the stones reset at all?Phantom Fortune, A Novel
M. E. Braddon
Its surface is pierced with holes arranged in rose-shaped patterns, and set with large pearls and cabochon sapphires.
The Loch Buy brooch, of more elaborate workmanship, is likewise surmounted by a cabochon crystal on a raised dais.
- a smooth domed gem, polished but unfaceted
C16: from Old French, from Old Norman French caboche head; see cabbage 1
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Word Origin and History for cabochon
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