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Borrowed from Norwegian Bokmål rosemaling (“rose painting”), from rose (“rose”) + maling (“painting”) (from male (“to paint”) (cognate with Old Danish malæ (Danish male), Old Norse mála, Old Swedish mala (Swedish mala), from Middle Low German mālen (“to paint”)) + -ing (suffix used to form nouns from verbs)).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɹəʊzəˌmɑːlɪŋ/, /-sə-/, /-ˌmɔː-/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɹoʊzəˌmɑlɪŋ/
- Hyphenation: ros‧e‧mal‧ing
- (US) A Norwegian style of stylized floral decoration with scrollwork and geometric elements. [from 1940s.]
1989, Marion J. Nelson, “Folk Art in Minnesota and the Case of the Norwegian American”, in Circles of Tradition: Folk Arts in Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.: Published for the University of Minnesota Art Museum by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, ISBN 978-0-87351-239-8, page 38:
- The recent ethnic and arts and crafts revivals are reflected directly in what has happened among the Norwegians in Minnesota. For them the movement began with rosemaling, which in Minnesota has roots going back to about 1940. No rosemaling was done in Minnesota previously on which to base the movement. It was a direct extension of a slightly earlier rosemaling revival in Wisconsin, […]
2006, Philip Nusbaum, “Rosemaling”, in Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher, and Andrew [R. L.] Cayton, editors, The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia, Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, ISBN 978-0-253-34886-9, page 410:
- Among the traditions the immigrants [from Norway to the US Upper Midwest] brought with them was rosemaling, decorative painting of stylized flowers and scrolls, with occasional figures. Originally painted onto the interior walls of peasant homes in Norway, rosemaling also adorned furniture, such as the Amerika trunks the immigrants used for storing valuables over their ocean voyages to the New World.
2016, Melissa Bahen, “Afternoon Fika”, in Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast: 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations, Seattle, Wash.: Sasquatch Books, ISBN 978-1-63217-068-2, page 78:
- You've probably seen rosemåling before, even if the word is new to you. It's a style of Norwegian folk painting that features leaves, flowers, geometric patterns, and lush scrollwork. Since my family is very proud of its Norwegian heritage, and since both my mom and nana were really interested in folk painting when I was growing up, I've been surrounded by rosemåling for as long as I can remember.
- “rosemaling” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- Alternative form of .
- “rosemaling” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.