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oeil-de-boeuf

[French œ-yuh-duh-bœf] /French ˌœ yə dəˈbœf/
noun, plural oeils-de-boeuf
[French œ-yuh-duh-bœf] /French ˌœ yə dəˈbœf/ (Show IPA)
1.
a comparatively small round or oval window, as in a frieze.
Also called oxeye.
Origin of oeil-de-boeuf
< French: literally, bull's eye
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  • The oeil-de-boeuf has its irrational hopes, if also its fears.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • What means this reticence of the oeil-de-boeuf, broken only by nods and shrugs?

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • The truth is, the oeil-de-boeuf has rallied; to a certain unknown extent.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • Meanwhile, the poor Bodyguards have got hunted mostly into the oeil-de-boeuf.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • Circumstances made the life of courts the best obtainable; but there is no trace of French 'oeil-de-boeuf' servility.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)

    John Addington Symonds
  • To govern France were such a problem; and now it has grown well-nigh too hard to govern even the oeil-de-boeuf.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • Crooked things are become straight by him, rough places plain; and over the oeil-de-boeuf there rests an unspeakable sunshine.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • The oeil-de-boeuf dolorously grumbles; were we not well as we stood,—quenching conflagrations by oil?

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • At such rate of velocity it is going: the conjurors of the oeil-de-boeuf may well ask themselves, Whither?

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • Instead of soldiers, the oeil-de-boeuf sends—carpenters, to take down the platform.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for oeil-de-boeuf

oeil-de-boeuf

/œjdəbœf/
noun (pl) oeils-de-boeuf (œjdəbœf)
1.
a circular window, esp in 17th- and 18th-century French architecture
Word Origin
literally: bull's eye
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