rinceau

noun
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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