noun, often attributive
sca·​glio·​la | \ skal-ˈyō-lə How to pronounce scagliola (audio) , -ˈyȯ- \

Definition of scagliola

: an imitation marble used for floors, columns, and ornamental interior work

Examples of scagliola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Explore the history and beauty of Florentine scagliola through this virtual exhibit. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "8 Art Exhibits You Can Virtually Visit Right Now," 20 Apr. 2020 The Italian region of Emilia-Romagna has the oldest scagliola antiquities in all of Italy, which makes sense given the prominence of selenite in the Modena and Reggio Emilia Apennines. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "8 Art Exhibits You Can Virtually Visit Right Now," 20 Apr. 2020 The cocktail table has a 19th-century Italian scagliola top, the walls are in a Gancedo cotton, and the 17th-century paintings depict Philip IV (left) and Charles II of Spain. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "A Maximalist Dream Home Comes to Life In Seville," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of scagliola

1747, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scagliola

Italian, literally, little chip

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Cite this Entry

“Scagliola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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