sgraffito


sgraf·fi·to

noun \zgra-ˈfē-(ˌ)tō, skra-\
plural sgraf·fi·ti\-(ˌ)tē\

Definition of SGRAFFITO

1
:  decoration by cutting away parts of a surface layer (as of plaster or clay) to expose a different colored ground — compare graffito
2
:  something (as traditional Pennsylvania Dutch pottery) decorated with sgraffito

Origin of SGRAFFITO

Italian, from past participle of sgraffire to scratch, produce sgraffito
First Known Use: circa 1730

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