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palmette

[pal-met]
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noun
  1. a conventionalized shape in the form of palmately spread leaves or sections, used as ornamentation.Compare anthemion, lotus(def 5).

Origin of palmette

From French, dating back to 1835–45; see origin at palm2, -ette
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Examples from the Web for palmette

Historical Examples

  • A wide middle border between two narrow stripes holds the rosette and palmette, and also the lancet leaf, in tiny form.

    Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern

    Rosa Belle Holt

  • Their leading ornamental types may be traced to Asiatic prototypes—the palmette and the rosette, for instance.

  • Instead of the palmette is sometimes a crescent, no doubt in allusion to the moon.

  • The handle curves gracefully to the back of the jawbones, where it is attached to a palmette.

    The Shores of the Adriatic

    F. Hamilton Jackson

  • An ever present feature, also, is the palmette acroterium, treated in conventional ceramic style.


British Dictionary definitions for palmette

palmette

noun
  1. archaeol an ornament or design resembling the palm leaf

Word Origin

C19: from French: a little palm ²
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