niello

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English[edit]

A snuffbox, engraved and rubbed with niello before firing and polishing

Etymology[edit]

From Italian niello, from post-classical Latin nigellum, from Latin nigellus (blackish).

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Noun[edit]

niello (uncountable)

  1. Any of various black metal alloys, made of sulphur with copper, silver or lead, used to create decorative designs on other metals.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 283:
      a young woman named Renata, with a gesturing of her dark curls, beckoned him in with a cigarette-case of Russian silver and niello, which sprang open to reveal a collection of “smokes” [...]

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin nigellum, from Latin nigellus.

Noun[edit]

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niello m (plural nielli)

  1. niello

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Verb[edit]

niello

  1. first-person singular present indicative of niellare