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Definitions of cameo

  1. engraving or carving in low relief on a stone (as in a brooch or ring) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A carving in relief, esp. one on a small scale used as a jewel for personal adornment, or like. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A precious stone or shell on which raised figures are engraved. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A gem or precious stone, carved in relief. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A gem or shell carved in relief. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. A striated stone or shell, carved in relief. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A precious stone cut in relief: more, particularly, a stone composed of different coloured layers, having a subject in relief cut upon one or more of the upper layers, an under layer forming the ground. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A stone on which figures are engraved in relief; shells are now commonly used as a substitute for gems. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. kam'[=e]-[=o], n. an engraved gem in which the figure or subject is carved in relief. [It. camméo (Fr. camée)--Low L. cammæus traced by Littré to Gr. kamnein, to work; by the late Mr C. W. King through an Ar. form, 'an amulet,' from Pers. camahen, loadstone, the usual material for Babylonian cylinders.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. Piece of relief-carving in stone (sardonyx, agate, &c.) with colour-layers utilized to give background (cf. INTAGLIO). [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  11. [Fr.] Carving, in relief, of shells; and of agate, onyx, sard: opposed to Intaglio, an incising; as for a seal. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  12. n. [Latin] A precious stone; a variety of onyx;—any veined or indented stone;—a composite stone of which the under layer forms the ground, and the upper bears the mark or effigy. Cabinet Dictionary

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