sfumato

[sfoo-mah-toh]

Origin of sfumato

1840–50; < Italian, past participle of sfumare to gradate tone or color, equivalent to s- < Latin ex- ex-1 + fumare to smoke < Latin fumāre; see fume
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sfumato

noun
  1. (in painting) a gradual transition between areas of different colour, avoiding sharp outlines

Word Origin for sfumato

from Italian, from sfumato shaded off, from sfumare to shade off, from Latin ex- 1 + fūmāre to smoke
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Word Origin and History for sfumato
adj.

1847, from Italian sfumato, literally "smoked," from Latin fumus "smoke" (see fume (n.)).

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