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ar·a·besque / ˌarəˈbesk/ • n. 1. an ornamental design consisting of intertwined flowing lines, originally found in Arabic or Moorish decoration. ∎  Mus. a passage or composition with fanciful ornamentation of the melody. 2. Ballet a posture in which the body is supported on one leg, with the other leg extended horizontally backward.

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arabesque. Decorative scroll-work and other ornament loosely derived from branches, leaves, tendrils, and vegetation, inaccurately called Moresque ornament, arranged in imaginatively intertwined symmetrical geometrical patterns. Usually defined as free from human or animal figures, it is quite distinct from grotesque ornament.

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arabesque (Fr., Eng.), Arabeske (Ger.). A florid element in Arabian architecture, hence a florid melodic section. The term is sometimes applied to a piece of instr. mus. (not always in an appropriate manner) as by Schumann for his pf. piece, Op.18, or by Debussy to his 2 Arabesques for pf.

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arabesque (ărəbĕsk´) [Fr.,=Arabian], in art, term applied to any complex, linear decoration based on flowing lines. In Islamic art it was often exploited to cover entire surfaces. The arabesque in modern usage derives from a Renaissance design which was Greco-Roman in inspiration.

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arabesque an ornamental design consisting of intertwined flowing lines, originally meaning ‘in the Arab style’.

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