- plasterwork imitating marble, granite, or the like.
Origin of scagliola
1575–85; < Italian, equivalent to scagli(a) a chip (< Gothic skalja tile; cognate with shell) + -ola diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for scagliola
In the interior of this temple is a large black sarcophagus, resting on pedestals of Scagliola marble.Chelsea
The walls are of Scagliola, and the ceiling is supported by a succession of white marble pillars.
The sides of the library are adorned by Scagliola pilasters and arched recesses, which contain the books.Recollections of the late William Beckford
Henry Venn Lansdown
- imitation marble made of glued gypsum with a polished surface of coloured stone or marble dust
C16: from Italian, diminutive of scaglia chip of marble, of Germanic origin; related to shale, scale ²