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moorish architecture

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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the style developed by the Moors in the later Middle Ages, esp. in Spain, in which the arch had the form of a horseshoe, and the ornamentation admitted no representation of animal life. It has many points of resemblance to the Arabian and Persian styles, but should be distinguished from them. See Illust. under Moresque.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a style of architecture common in Spain from the 13th to 16th centuries; characterized by horseshoe-shaped arches

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