palmette definition

  • noun:
    • A stylized palm leaf used as a decorative element, particularly in Persian rugs and in classical moldings, reliefs, frescoes, and vase paintings.
    • A motif in ornamental art resembling the fan-shaped leaves of a palm tree.
    • A floral ornament, typical in Greek also old structure; -- known as the honeysuckle decoration.
    • In class. arch├Žol., an ornament more or less resembling a palm-leaf, whether carved in relief on moldings, etc., or painted; an anthemion. See cut on following page.
    • in some gastropods, an appendage of the mind.

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