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arabesque  (ˌærəˈbɛsk



  1. (ballet) a classical position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and both arms stretched out in one of several conventional poses
  2. (music) a piece or movement with a highly ornamented or decorated melody
  3. (arts)
    1. a type of curvilinear decoration in painting, metalwork, etc, with intricate intertwining leaf, flower, animal, or geometrical designs
    2. a design of flowing lines


  1. designating, of, or decorated in this style

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Italian arabesco in the Arabic style


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