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 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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“Scagliola.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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