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cameo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cameo engraving or carving in low relief on a stone (as in a brooch or ring)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cameo A carving in relief, esp. one on a small scale used as a jewel for personal adornment, or like.☞ Most cameos are carved in a material which has layers of different colors, such stones as the onyx and sardonyx, and various kinds of shells, being used. The classical cameos made in Italy are carved on a seashell (see cameo conch, below), having an olive figure carved from the inner layer of the shell in relief on the white background of the outer layer of the shell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cameo An engraving in relief upon a gem, a hard stone of moderate size, or a similar material, or the object itself so engraved, as distinguished from an intaglio; specifically, such an engraving upon a stone or a shell having two or three layers differing in color, such as an onyx, agate, etc., and so treated as to utilize the effect of the variety of coloring. Cameos on stone are called stone cameos, in contradistinction to the shell cameos, or those cut on shells which have superposed layers varying in color, such as the Cassis rufa, which gives red on sardonyx, the Cassis madagascariensis, white on dark claret, the Cassis cornuta, white on orange, the Strombus gigas, white on pink, and other tropical shells. Cameos in distinct bands of colors have been produced since about 150 b. c.; and some of the ancient examples, as the Sainte Chapelle agate, in Paris (13 by 11 inches), representing the apotheosis of Augustus, and the Vienna onyx (9 by 8 inches), representing allegorically the coronation of Augustus, surpass in size and in delicacy of execution the best modern specimens.
    • n cameo Hence Raised or anaglyphic work in art on a miniature scale; specifically, the art of engraving small figures in relief: opposed to intaglio: as, a stone or shell cut in cameo; a vase ornamented in cameo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cameo kam′ē-ō an engraved gem in which the figure or subject is carved in relief.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. cammeo,; akin to F. camée, camaïeu, Sp. camafeo, LL. camaeus, camahutus,; of unknown origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. camméo (Fr. camée)—Low L. cammæus traced by Littré to Gr. kamnein, to work; by the late Mr C. W. King through an Ar. form, 'an amulet,' from Pers. camahen, loadstone, the usual material for Babylonian cylinders.

Usage

In literature:

He saw that her sweet mouth was set in a cruel line and her cameo chin was firm as a rock.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
In his cap is a cameo brooch.
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
She stood quietly before me, her cameo face, set in the black of mourning, staring straight into mine.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
At her throat, she had a cameo, and on her left hand, an amethyst set in tiny pearls.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
Pack the sand up under the fish body smoothly so that more than half of him rises in cameo style from the smooth surface.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
From the conch-shell also come the best shell cameos.
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou
Like a clear cameo, an image of her had remained fresh in his memory.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
And your cameo pin is so beautiful and so becoming to you.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
No cameo carving, but large, bold, rough, heroic sculpturing.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
And yet the Crevecoeur cameo had puzzled wiser heads than Mrs. Dalliba's, adept though she was.
"The Galaxy" by Various
She was standing by the piano, swaying like a flower to the music; and a lamp behind made her face like a cameo, her hair like a mass of gold.
"Silver and Gold" by Dane Coolidge
His hands were like ivory, his face was like a clear-cut cameo.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
The jewel contains in the centre the City arms, cut in cameo of a delicate blue, on an olive ground.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Mr. Barnes, after discovering the cameo button, immediately left the apartment.
"An Artist in Crime" by Rodrigues Ottolengui
At midday the pure rarified air is a marvel of transparent clarity and everything is as clear cut as a cameo.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
The nose has been restored, so that we cannot compare it with that on the cameo.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
The trouble is that but few people study cameos.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
So while he went to a night school for drawing lessons, he cut cameos through the day.
"The Child's Book of American Biography" by Mary Stoyell Stimpson
His arms were about the lithe figure, drawing her close when he became aware of the clean-carven cameo face so near him.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
It is however as the poet of 'Emaux et Camees' (Enamels and Cameos) that Theophile Gautier will be chiefly remembered.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
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In poetry:

Go search the far Earth over,
Go search the farthest sea,
You will not find a cameo
Like her God carved for me.
"A Cameo" by Madison Julius Cawein
When Susanna Jones wears red
her face is like an ancient cameo
Turned brown by the ages.
Come with a blast of trumphets, Jesus!
"When Sue Wears Red" by Langston Hughes
And full on the bauble-crest alway--
A cameo image keen and fine--
Glares thy impetuous knife, Corday,
And the lava-locks are thine!
"The Cameo Bracelet" by James Ryder Randall
I turn, in hope she'll bid me stay.
Again her cameo beauty mark
Set in that smile.--She turns away.
No word of love! not even a spark
Of hope to cheer the dark!
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part III" by Madison Julius Cawein
Busts, cameos, gems,—such things as these,
Which others often show for pride,
I value for their power to please,
And selfish churls deride;—
One Stradivarius, I confess,
Two Meerschaums, I would fain possess.
"Contentment" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then a cameo face, carven in on a ground
Of that shadowy hair where the roses are wound;
And the gleam of a smile, O as fair and as faint
And as sweet as the master of old used to paint
Round the lips of their favorite saint!
"A Discouraging Model" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

In anticipation of 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' coming out on November 13th, Activision has released a live action trailer, directed by Guy Ritchie, and has Robert Downey Jr making a cameo appearance.
Mayor Bloomberg's Five Most Awkward TV and Movie Cameos.
Joe Biden to make a cameo on "Parks and Recreation".
2006-W Proof Silver Eagles NGC PF-62 Ultra Cameo.
1999-P Proof Silver Eagles NGC PF-69 Ultra Cameo.
1998-P Proof Silver Eagles NGC PF-69 Ultra Cameo.
Meanwhile stuff happens all around him, and every now and then one of the other band members swings through for a cameo.
Vice President Biden's ' Parks and Recreation' cameo (VIDEO).
Joe Biden Lands Cameo on ' Parks and Recreation'.
This season of NBC's " Parks and Recreation," the first season to film in DC, has been a parade of political cameos.
Biden to cameo on NBC’s ‘ Parks and Recâ.
Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley performs the song "Lilac Wine" at the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn New York.
In a tongue-in-cheek nod to Spielberg, the film opens with a cameo by Jaws star Richard Dreyfuss as a fisherman who is attacked by a school of piranhas on an otherwise serene lake.
Also making cameo appearances were a gazillion residents of the Triangle who chimed in about what they like and, gasp.
Barring Nicolas Cage's cameo in "Grindhouse," the Sax Rohmer character of evil genius Dr Fu Manchu hasn't graced the silver screen since Peter Sellers played him in the 1980 parody, "The Fiendish Plot of Dr Fu Manchu".
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In science:

The detector can be extended by stacking additional modules to form a tower, and by adding more towers later on, []. • CAMEO is an upgraded version of the experiment on 116Cd performed in Solotvina underground laboratory.
Recent advances in neutrinoless double beta decay search
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