moorish architecture definition

  • adjective:
    • the design developed by the Moors into the later dark ages, esp. in Spain, where arch had the type of a horseshoe, and also the ornamentation admitted no representation of animal life. It's numerous things of resemblance into the Arabian and Persian types, but ought to be distinguished from them. See Illust. under Moresque.
  • noun:
    • a mode of design common in Spain through the 13th to 16th hundreds of years; characterized by horseshoe-shaped arches

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