cartouche

or car·touch

[kahr-toosh]
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noun
  1. Architecture. a rounded, convex surface, usually surrounded with carved ornamental scrollwork, for receiving a painted or low-relief decoration, as an escutcheon.
  2. an oval or oblong figure, as on ancient Egyptian monuments, enclosing characters that represent the name of a sovereign.
  3. the case containing the inflammable materials in certain fireworks.
  4. cartridge(def 1).
  5. a box for cartridges.

Origin of cartouche

1605–15; < Middle French < Italian cartoccio, equivalent to cart(a) paper (see carte) + -occio augmentative suffix
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cartouche

cartouch

noun
  1. a carved or cast ornamental tablet or panel in the form of a scroll, sometimes having an inscription
  2. an oblong figure enclosing characters expressing royal or divine names in Egyptian hieroglyphics
  3. the paper case holding combustible materials in certain fireworks
  4. rare a cartridge or a box for cartridges

Word Origin for cartouche

C17: from French: scroll, cartridge, from Italian cartoccio, from carta paper; see card 1
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Word Origin and History for cartouche
n.

1610s, "scroll-like ornament," also "paper cartridge," from French cartouche, the French form of cartridge (q.v.). Application to Egyptian hieroglyphics dates from 1830, on resemblance to rolled paper cartridges.

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