• WordNet 3.6
    • n arabesque an ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design
    • n arabesque position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Arabesque A style of ornamentation either painted, inlaid, or carved in low relief. It consists of a pattern in which plants, fruits, foliage, etc., as well as figures of men and animals, real or imaginary, are fantastically interlaced or put together.☞ It was employed in Roman imperial ornamentation, and appeared, without the animal figures, in Moorish and Arabic decorative art. (See Moresque.) The arabesques of the Renaissance were founded on Greco-Roman work.
    • Arabesque Arabian.
    • Arabesque Relating to, or exhibiting, the style of ornament called arabesque; as, arabesque frescoes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • arabesque Arabian or resembling the Arabian in style; specifically, in art, relating to or exhibiting the variety of ornament known as arabesque. See II.
    • n arabesque A kind of ornament of a capricious and fanciful character, consisting of lines, geometrical figures, fruits, flowers, foliage, etc., variously combined and grouped, and painted, inlaid, or wrought in low relief: used especially for the decoration of walls and ceilings, but also for the decoration of objects of any nature. In the arabesques of the Mohammedans animal forms were rigidly excluded, in accordance with the requirements of their religious law; but the Greeks and Romans, and the Renaissance artists, among them Raphael and his scholars, to whom are due the rich arabesque decorations of the loggie of the Vatican, laid all the kingdoms of nature under contribution. The Greeks undoubtedly derived the idea of pictorial or plastic ornament of this kind from the Oriental stuffs, painted, woven, or embroidered with natural or fabulous forms of plants and animals, which were brought to them by Phenician traders from a very early period.
    • n arabesque In bookbinding, a term used in England for impressed ornamental work on the side of the binding, produced by the pressure of hot plates or rollers upon which the pattern is engraved.
    • n arabesque Also spelled arabesk.
    • arabesque To enrich with ornament in arabesque.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Arabesque ar′ab-esk after the manner of Arabian designs
    • n Arabesque a fantastic painted or sculptured ornament among the Spanish Moors, consisting of foliage and other parts of plants curiously intertwined
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. arabesque, fr. It. arabesco, fr. Arabo, Arab


In literature:

The space between the columns is hung with bright draperies, the walls are covered with arabesques.
"The Golden Age in Transylvania" by Mór Jókai
I saw upon the floor endless arabesques of twin-souls, fantastically entangled and unrolled.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
The interior is painted throughout in arabesque.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia" by Maturin M. Ballou
The scroll-work inlay is commonly simple and graceful, consisting of floral or geometrical motives, or arabesques.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Their musical arabesques of flight patterned the upper blue like joy made visible.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
For hitherto the true arabesque abhorred the graven image made of artists' hands.
"Aubrey Beardsley" by Robert Ross
There is all the difference between their literary mosaic and the arabesques of Lamb.
"The Vagabond in Literature" by Arthur Rickett
It is incrusted with arabesques carved in ivory, and has broad hasps and locks of embossed silver.
"Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
The plea is not that the arabesque has that meaning when the whole thing is exposed.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
The interior of the dome is lined with blue tiles richly ornamented with arabesques and inscriptions from the Koran.
"Scenes and Adventures in Affghanistan" by William Taylor

In poetry:

I stood in an ancient garden
With high red walls around;
Over them grey and green lichens
In shadowy arabesque wound.
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
Or last, one arabesque of ferns,
Chrysanthemums and mistletoe,
And death-pale roses bunched in urns
That with an innate glory glow.
"Frost" by Madison Julius Cawein
They settled in Palestine
set foot on our shoulders
to steal the minarets of al-Quds
and the door of Aqsa
to steal the arabesques
and the domes.
"I Am With Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani
All familiar scenes anear
Homestead, orchard, field, and wold.
Moorish spires and turrets fair
Cleave the air,
Arabesqued on skies of gold.
"Spring Longing" by Emma Lazarus
So sick of thoughts! the thoughts, that carve
The house of days with arabesques
And gargoyles, where the mind grotesques
In masks of hope and faith who starve.
"Pause" by Madison Julius Cawein
Splendours anew and arabesques and tints on his swaying loom,
Soft as the eyes of April, and black as the brows of doom,
And the fires give back in blue-eyed flowers the woodland
they consume;
"As In The Woodland I Walk" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Even though I've long since hardened against the charms of hummus, Arabesque 's silky, supple version comes stippled with whole chickpeas and cornichons, drizzled with olive oil and flecked with paprika.
L' Arabesque Baroque offers delicately seasoned music at DC cathedral.
Rahm's unfortunate Accretive arabesque .
So You Think You Can Arabesque .
A tale more grotesque than arabesque, The Raven replaces Edgar Allan Poe's "opulent imagination" with a standard-issue horror story.
The beautiful swirls, tracery and arabesques gracing a collection of radar pictures of Antarctica made public last week would be worthy of exhibition by a gallery of abstract art.
The 4-year-old is enrolled in the weekly preschool ballet class at Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E Oakland Ave The 10 girls who attend class on Thursday afternoons are practicing turns, the popular arabesques and walking on their tiptoes.
"Arabesque," color viscosity etching, by Mandy Livingston will be featured through Oct 31 at Atelier 6000 in Bend.
Get ready for a weekend of arabesques and axel jumps.
The Arabesque Kickback exercise works your butt, hamstrings, abs, and triceps.
Watch Arabesque Kickback in the Fitness Magazine Video.
Blue Arabesque A Search for the Sublime Patricia Hampl Harcourt, $22, 224 pp.
Arabesque's Middle Eastern cuisine is homemade happiness.
Norman Hedman and Tropique One Step Closer Arabesque Recordings.
Ted Nash Double Quartet Rhyme and Reason Arabesque Recordings.