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  1. Moorish.
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Origin of Moresque

1605–15; < Middle French < Italian moresco, equivalent to Mor(o) Moor + -esco -esque
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Historical Examples of moresque

  • The frame was oval, richly gilded and filigreed in Moresque.

    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe

  • Of the Moresque pottery it is probable that Malaga was the most ancient centre.

    The Ceramic Art

    Jennie J. Young

  • Moresque, mo-resk′, adj. done after the manner of the Moors.

  • Though the building is Moresque, the houses notwithstanding are both pleasantand convenient.

  • But if they could not equal the moresque lustres, they certainly developed and enriched their designs.

    Travels in South Kensington

    Moncure Daniel Conway

British Dictionary definitions for moresque


  1. (esp of decoration and architecture) of Moorish style
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    1. Moorish design or decoration
    2. a specimen of this
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Word Origin for Moresque

C17: from French, from Italian moresco, from Moro Moor
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