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niello

1niello

noun ni·el·lo \nē-ˈe-(ˌ)lō\
plural ni·el·li \-(ˌ)lē\ or niellos

Definition of NIELLO

1
:  any of several black enamel-like alloys usually of sulfur with silver, copper, and lead
2
:  the art or process of decorating metal with incised designs filled with niello
3
:  a piece of metal or an object decorated with niello

Origin of NIELLO

Italian, from Medieval Latin nigellum, from neuter of Latin nigellus blackish, diminutive of niger black
First Known Use: 1816

2niello

verb

Definition of NIELLO

transitive verb
:  to inlay or ornament with niello

First Known Use of NIELLO

1866

Rhymes with NIELLO

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