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plateresque

[ plat-uh-resk ]
/ ˌplæt əˈrɛsk /
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adjective (sometimes initial capital letter)

noting or pertaining to a 16th-century style of Spanish architecture characterized by profuse applications of delicate low-relief Renaissance ornament to isolated parts of building exteriors.

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Origin of plateresque

1835–45; <Spanish plateresco, equivalent to plater(o) silversmith (plat(a) silver; see platina + -ero<Latin -ārius-ary) + -esco-esque; so called because the heavy ornamentation of the style suggested decorated silverwork
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