guilloche

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Etymology[edit]

From French guilloche.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

guilloche (plural guilloches)

  1. A fine engraved pattern of spirals, intertwining bands, etc.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 1015:
      A railroad right-of-way, straight across the Balkan Peninsula, conceded in Cyrillic and Arabic script all woven in and out of the loveliest green guilloche by the no-longer-quite-unabsorbed entity of East Roumelia.
  2. The tool used to create such work.