rin·​ceau | \ raⁿˈsō \
plural rinceaux\ -​ō(z) \

Definition of rinceau

: an ornamental motif consisting essentially of a sinuous and branching scroll elaborated with leaves and other natural forms (as derived from the acanthus)

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History and Etymology for rinceau

French, from Middle French rainsel branch, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin ramuscellus, alteration of Late Latin ramusculus small branch, diminutive of ramus branch

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“Rinceau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rinceau. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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