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  1. plasterwork imitating marble, granite, or the like.
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Origin of scagliola

1575–85; < Italian, equivalent to scagli(a) a chip (< Gothic skalja tile; cognate with shell) + -ola diminutive suffix
Related formsscagl·io·list, noun
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Historical Examples

  • In the interior of this temple is a large black sarcophagus, resting on pedestals of Scagliola marble.


    George Bryan

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for scagliola


  1. imitation marble made of glued gypsum with a polished surface of coloured stone or marble dust
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Word Origin

C16: from Italian, diminutive of scaglia chip of marble, of Germanic origin; related to shale, scale ²
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