Word of the day: Arabesque

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Hola! Today’s word is :

  • Arabesque

– an ornamental  design consisting of intertwined flowing lines, originally found in Arabic or Moorish decoration: (adj.)arabesque scroll.

<SPECIAL USAGE> a passage or composition with fanciful ornamentation of the melody.

Yuan Yuan Tan in arabesque position in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (copyright Erik Tomasson.Picture via sfgate.com. Image removed for copyright avoidance purposes.

[Ballet] a position in which the body is supported on one leg, with the other leg extended horizontally backward.

<ORIGIN> mid 17th cent: from French, from Italian arabesco ‘in the Arabic style’, from arabo ‘Arab’.

Source: The New Oxford American Dictionary

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6 thoughts on “Word of the day: Arabesque

    1. That’s the picture I got when I searched ‘arabesque’ on Google and I’ll have to say it looked pretty as the word sounds. Yep, I love my limbs so I won’t go and try that move anytime soon! Thanks for coming by! 🙂

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