smalto

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian smalto.

Noun[edit]

smalto (plural smalti)

  1. A piece of coloured glass used in mosaic.
    • 1848, The Yearbook of Facts in Science and Art[1], Simpkin, Marshall, and Company, page 86:
      This is done by striking the smalto with a sharp-edged hammer, directly over a similar edge, placed vertically beneath.
    • 1857, “The applications of improved machinery and materials to art-manufacture”, in The Art Journal[2], page 112:
      The smalto is thus broken as far as possible into the form desired, and it is afterwards ground with emery powder upon a lead wheel until the precise size and form are obtained.
    • 2005, Reham Aarti Jacobsen, Mosaics for the First Time[3], page 38:
      Press the smalti into the adhesive in a rainbow pattern along the frame, with as small a gap as possible between the pieces.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Frankish *smalt, from Late Latin smaltum. Compare German schmelzen (to melt).

Noun[edit]

smalto m (plural smalti)

  1. enamel (all senses)
  2. glaze
  3. (heraldry) tincture
    Gli cinque smalti dell'araldica sono rosso, azzurro, nero, verde e porpora
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Verb[edit]

smalto

  1. first-person singular present indicative of smaltare