niello

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

Definition of niello 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

niello

verb
nielloed; nielloing; niellos

Definition of niello (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to inlay or ornament with niello

First Known Use of niello

Noun

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for niello

Noun

Italian, from Medieval Latin nigellum, from neuter of Latin nigellus blackish, diminutive of niger black

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