sca·​glio·​la skal-ˈyō-lə How to pronounce scagliola (audio)
often attributive
: an imitation marble used for floors, columns, and ornamental interior work

Examples of scagliola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The National Park Service defines scagliola as imitation marble patterns on a plaster surface. Dallas News, 23 Jan. 2022 Explore the history and beauty of Florentine scagliola through this virtual exhibit. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 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, 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, 5 Sep. 2018

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Word History


Italian, literally, little chip

First Known Use

1747, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scagliola was in 1747

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Cite this Entry

“Scagliola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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