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

Word History


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 29 May. 2023.

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