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black-figure

or black·fig·ured

[ blak-fig-yer ]

adjective

  1. pertaining to or designating a style of vase painting developed in Greece in the 7th and 6th centuries b.c., chiefly characterized by silhouetted figures painted in black slip on a red clay body, details incised into the design, and a two-dimensional structure of form and space.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of black-figure1

First recorded in 1890–95

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Example Sentences

I looked at him: I could not look away from his black figure and his white face.

And there was Lil herself and the black figure of the little stage director.

And up sprang the little black figure of Pizotti, alias Plornish, and the next moment he had leaped to the ice!

The gray pile looms above me, cold and forbidding, and on its crest stands the black figure leering at me in triumph.

Two gun-barrels were pointed as the great black figure of the eagle flew out of its nest.

Suddenly Mr. Figgins caught sight of a black figure that was pantomiming to him very eagerly in the distance.

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