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Fraktur

[ frahk-toor ]
/ frɑkˈtur /
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noun

Printing. German black-letter text, a style of type.
(usually lowercase)Also frac·tur .
  1. a stylized, highly decorative watercolor or watercolor-and-ink painting in the Pennsylvania-German tradition, often bearing elaborate calligraphy and standardized motifs, as birds, tulips, mermaids, and unicorns, and typically appearing on a book page, baptismal certificate or other family record, or merchant's advertisement.
  2. the elaborate calligraphy used in frakturs.

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Origin of Fraktur

1900–05, Americanism;<German <Latin frāctūra “action of breaking” (in reference to the curlicues that broke up the continuous line of a word). See fracture
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Fraktur
/ (German frakˈtuːr) /

noun

a style of typeface, formerly used in German typesetting for many printed works

Word Origin for Fraktur

German, from Latin fractūra a breaking, fracture; from the curlicues that seem to interrupt the continuous line of a word
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