Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That quality of flesh-painting which simulates the suppleness, elastic firmness, and soft delicacy of natural flesh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Fine Arts) Delicacy or softness in the representation of flesh.
  • noun (Mus.) A term used as a direction in execution, signifying, with extreme delicacy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Softness, smoothness; also in a negative sense, weakness, effeminacy.
  • noun art A naturalistic delicacy in flesh tones.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Italian morbidezza.

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  • I've added this to my New words list but I doubt if I'll ever use it. It makes me think of 'morbid' and its related words.

    June 8, 2012