American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A stylized palm leaf used as a decorative element, notably in Persian rugs and in classical moldings, reliefs, frescoes, and vase paintings.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In class. archæol., 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.
- n. In certain gastropods, an appendage of the head.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A floral ornament, common in Greek and other ancient architecture; -- often called
the honeysuckle ornament.
- palm + -ette (Wiktionary)
- French, diminutive of palme, palm, from Old French, from Latin palma; see palm2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Here we identify the original of the supposed "palmette" motive.”
“As for the so-called "palmette," it is neither more nor less than a variation of the lotus.”
“The palmette capitals of the tree-like columns are not lotus-blossom capitals, as Weinberg and other classicists once supposed, much less “proto-Aeolic” capitals as William F. Albright thought.”
“On the front side it represents a Triton blowing a shell, and on the right side it shows a nice palmette.”
“The akroterion with the triton and the palmette from the left side wing”
“It is moulded fully in the round, but by way of adornment, in close agreement with the tradition of vase-painting, the head is wreathed with rosettes and crowned by a single palmette.”
“An ever present feature, also, is the palmette acroterium, treated in conventional ceramic style.”
“It represents a female face in relief, as occurs so often in Greek pottery, surrounded by an ornament of lotus, maeander and palmette.”
“For Sir Arthur Evans has collected all the stages in the transformation of Egyptian palmette pillars into the rayed pillars of”
“Among these fragments we note an anthemion, some bits of the so-called Oriental palmette, and a few scraps of lotus pattern, naturalistically treated.”
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