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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Representation of inanimate objects, such as flowers or fruit, in painting or photography.
  • n. A painting, picture, or photograph of inanimate objects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a work of art depicting an arrangement of inanimate objects
  • n. A pattern that does not change from one generation to the next.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. The class or style of painting which represents inanimate objects, as fruit, flowers, dead game, etc.
  • n. a type of painting in which inanimate objects such as flowers or fruit are represented.
  • n. the inanimate subject matter of a still life painting or photograph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See still life, under still.

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

  • n. a painting of inanimate objects such as fruit or flowers

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  • So nice. Something we might all wish for, and much nicer than its Italian version "natura morta" (dead nature).

    December 20, 2007