[ nee-el-oh ]
/ ni藞蓻l o蕣 /
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noun, plural ni路el路li [nee-el-ee]. /ni藞蓻l i/.
a black metallic substance, consisting of silver, copper, lead, and sulfur, with which an incised design or ground is filled to produce an ornamental effect on metal.
ornamental work so produced.
a specimen of such work.
a print on paper made from an incised metal plate before the application of niello and associated especially with 15th-century Italy.
verb (used with object), ni路el路loed, ni路el路lo路ing.
to decorate by means of niello; treat with niello or by the niello process.
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Origin of niello

1810鈥20; <Italian <Latin nigellus blackish, diminutive of niger black


ni路el路list, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for niello

/ (n瑟藞蓻l蓹蕣) /

noun plural -li (-l瑟) or -los
a black compound of sulphur and silver, lead, or copper used to incise a design on a metal surface
the process of decorating surfaces with niello
a surface or object decorated with niello
verb -los, -loing or -loed
(tr) to decorate or treat with niello

Derived forms of niello

niellist, noun

Word Origin for niello

C19: from Italian from Latin nigellus blackish, from niger black
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