[ kah-voh-ri-lee-voh, key- ]

noun,plural ca·vo-re·lie·vos.Fine Arts.
  1. a form of relief sculpture in which the volumes are carved or incised so that the highest points are below or level with the original surface.: Compare intaglio (defs. 1-3).

  2. a piece of sculpture in this form.

Origin of cavo-relievo

<Italian cavo-rilievo hollow relief. See cave, relief2

Words Nearby cavo-relievo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cavo-relievo in a sentence

  • Near to this is another stela of great beauty, engraved in low relief and cavo-relievo, coloured.

  • These cavo relievo or cut-out flat patterns are as easy of execution as gouge-work to any one who has learned the latter.

    A Manual of Wood Carving | Charles G. Leland

British Dictionary definitions for cavo-relievo



/ (ˌkɑːvəʊrɪˈliːvəʊ, ˌkeɪ-) /

nounplural -vos or -vi (-vɪ)
  1. a relief sculpture in which the highest point in the carving is below the level of the original surface

Origin of cavo-relievo

Italian, literally: hollow relief

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