Niello

Ni*el"lo

(?), n. [It. niello, LL. nigellum a black of blackish enamel, fr. L. nigellus, dim. of niger black. See Negro, and cf. Anneal.] 1. A metallic alloy of a deep black color.
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2. The art, process, or method of decorating metal with incised designs filled with the black alloy.
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3. A piece of metal, or any other object, so decorated.
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4. An impression on paper taken from an ancient incised decoration or metal plate.
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5. An impression on paper taken from the engraved or incised surface before the niello alloy has been inlaid.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

 

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