from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Small squares of colored glass used in mosaic work.


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  • The name "enamel" is traceable to the French word _enail_ and the Italian _smalto_, both having the same root as the Anglo-Saxon word "smelt."

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  • We are, however, by no means certain that Virgil was happier on earth than he was "upon the green enamel" (_verde smalto_) in this place of quiet leisure which was the vestibule to Hell, but not Hell itself, and which, to some chosen souls, had already been a vestibule to the Palace of the Beatific

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  • [1] "_Cola diritto, sopra il verde smalto mi fur moetrati gli spiriti magni che del verderli in me stesso 'n esalto_"

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  • When I lie in my cool light room on the garden level, I look across the bright grass -- il verde smalto -- to a great red rose bush in lavish disarray against the dark cypress.

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  • The woodwork of its roof, and the emblazoned patterns in porphyry and serpentine and glass and smalto, which cover its whole surface, were designed by Oriental decorators.

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  • The glass is developed using refined technologies such as crystalline glass, enameled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass.

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  • The smalto sea heaved then sighed with the burdens of history.

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  • When Virgil and the poet were waiting in anxiety before the gates of Dis, when the Furies on the wall were tearing their breasts and crying, 'Venga Medusa, e si' l farem di smalto, 'suddenly across the hideous river came a sound like that which whirlwinds make among the shattered branches and bruised stems of forest-trees; and Dante, looking out with fear upon the foam and spray and vapour of the flood, saw thousands of the damned flying before the face of one who forded Styx with feet unwet.

    Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series


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