- a comparatively small round or oval window, as in a frieze.
Origin of oeil-de-boeuf
< French: literally, bull's eye
Also called oxeye.
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Examples from the Web for oeil-de-boeuf
The Oeil-de-Boeuf has its irrational hopes, if also its fears.
Meanwhile, the poor Bodyguards have got hunted mostly into the Oeil-de-Boeuf.
The truth is, the Oeil-de-Boeuf has rallied; to a certain unknown extent.
What means this reticence of the Oeil-de-Boeuf, broken only by nods and shrugs?
Circumstances made the life of courts the best obtainable; but there is no trace of French 'oeil-de-boeuf' servility.Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)
John Addington Symonds
- a circular window, esp in 17th- and 18th-century French architecture
literally: bull's eye
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