[krak-loo r, krak-loo r; French krakuh-lyr]
- a network of fine cracks or crackles on the surface of a painting, caused chiefly by shrinkage of paint film or varnish.
Origin of craquelure
1910–15; < French, equivalent to craquel(er) to crackle, crack (imitative) + -ure -ure
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- a network of fine cracks on old paintings caused by the deterioration of pigment or varnish
C20: from French, from craqueler to crackle, from craquer to crack, of imitative origin