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Festoon   /fˌɛstˈun/   Listen

A curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves.
An embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work.
Flower chains suspended in curves between points as a decoration.  Synonym: festoonery.

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"Festoon" Quotes from Famous Books

... hewn from white or pink marble; each of the basins containing a similar azure water. These terraces covered an area of about three acres, and looked like a series of cataracts changed into stone, each edge being fringed with a festoon of delicate stalactites. The water contained about eighty-five per cent. of silica, with one or two per cent of iron alumina, ...
— The San Francisco Calamity • Various

... Lamarck's on a rare and curious form of cloud has quite recently been referred to by a French meteorologist. It is probable, says M. E. Durand-Greville in La Nature, November 24, 1900, that Lamarck was the first to observe the so-called pocky or festoon cloud, or mammato-cirrus cloud, which at rare intervals has ...
— Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution - His Life and Work • Alpheus Spring Packard

... Hath Phoebus given thee boon Of wreath and posy, fillet and festoon? Of tint and grouping, balance, depth, and tone— Lo, I could cast ...
— Fringilla: Some Tales In Verse • Richard Doddridge Blackmore

... Venetian, Brazilian, Roman, Rococo, Dresden, Festoon, College Stripe, Marie Antoinette, Indian, ...
— Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales • Robert L. Taylor

... Will you be my guest, Bells for your jennet Of silver the best, Goldsmiths shall beat you A great golden ring, Peacocks shall bow to you, Little boys sing, Oh, and sweet girls will Festoon you with may, Time, you old gipsy, Why ...
— A Cluster of Grapes - A Book of Twentieth Century Poetry • Various

... to-day, on a single bough of tholukh, and a very small bough, three birds' nests suspended in a festoon. I tasted the wild water-melons of this part of the Sahara, and found them bitterness itself. But I am told by our Gatronee, that the Tibboos have a method of extracting the bitterness from this wild fruit. The people brought me en route ...
— Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2 • James Richardson

... salt vessels of Saline River, Illinois, the fabric has been applied after the vessel was finished. I arrive at this conclusion from having noticed that the loose threads of the net-like cover sag or festoon toward the rim as if applied to the inverted vessel, Fig. 82. If the net had been used to suspend the vessel while building, the threads would necessarily have hung in ...
— Prehistoric Textile Fabrics Of The United States, Derived From Impressions On Pottery • William Henry Holmes

... you ever noticed that when a gink with an aluminum headpiece is handed the "This-Way-Out" signal by his adored one, he either hikes for a pickle parlor and begins to festoon his system with hops, or he stands in front of a hardware store and gazes gloomily at ...
— You Should Worry Says John Henry • George V. Hobart

... lifted the heavy festoon of nets, and crawled under. There, in the warm, sunny gloom, lying all rosy and tumbled, with his clothes around his neck, and the old red shawl hopelessly tangled round the bare and active legs, ...
— St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, May, 1878, No. 7. - Scribner's Illustrated • Various

... definitely. The blots made by the uniforms of the poilus grouped about the hillocks of rifles become indistinct, and blend with the ground; and then their mass is betrayed only by the glow of pipes and cigarettes. In some places on the edge of the clusters, the little bright points festoon the gloom like illuminated ...
— Under Fire - The Story of a Squad • Henri Barbusse

Words linked to "Festoon" :   decorate, embellishment, flower chain, curtain, drapery, ornament, adorn, beautify, drape, grace, embellish, pall, mantle, festoonery

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