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[skrohl-wurk] /ˈskroʊlˌwɜrk/
decorative work in which scroll forms figure prominently.
ornamental work cut out with a scroll saw.
Origin of scrollwork
First recorded in 1730-40; scroll + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • The scrollwork is as effective as the medallions are insignificant.

  • Old engravings are procured of scrollwork, usually from the end of some book.

    Chats on Old Furniture Arthur Hayden
  • The sides were panelled and carved with scrollwork; and at the same time a sounding-board was introduced.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • The centre of the square has a high iron fence about it, gates with scrollwork, which are commonly shut.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • Generally composed of a framework of shields or medallions, with a design of scrollwork flowing through it.

  • Grills composed of small spindles and scrollwork are strikingly beautiful if displayed in light which does the wood justice.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The fact that its massive gold and its scrollwork of inlaid platinum were worth a fortune meant nothing to him then.

    The Finding of Haldgren Charles Willard Diffin
  • More frequently the design was of scrollwork, worked with a fine black silk back stitching or chain stitch.

    Quilts Marie D. Webster
  • Beautiful clocks, massive with griffiens and gargoyles, nymphs and scrollwork—they shelter heroes.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • He came slowly to his feet and steadied himself with one hand on the scrollwork of the bed.

    The Finding of Haldgren Charles Willard Diffin
British Dictionary definitions for scrollwork


ornamental work in scroll-like patterns, esp when done with a scroll saw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scrollwork

1822, from scroll (n.) + work (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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