guilloche

[ gi-lohsh ]
/ gɪˈloʊʃ /

noun

an ornamental pattern or border, as in architecture, consisting of paired ribbons or lines flowing in interlaced curves around a series of circular voids.

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Origin of guilloche

1855–60; <French: graining tool < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for guilloche

guilloche
/ (ɡɪˈlɒʃ) /

noun

an ornamental band or border with a repeating pattern of two or more interwoven wavy lines, as in architecture

Word Origin for guilloche

C19: from French: tool used in ornamental work, perhaps from Guillaume William
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