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n. pl. bar·gel·los
1. A needlepoint stitch that produces zigzag lines.
2. A pattern similar to one created by this stitch.

[After the Bargello, a museum in Florence, Italy, which contains chairs upholstered in fabric worked in this stitch, the museum originally being the palace of the police prefect, from bargello, police prefect, of Lombard origin, from Langobardic Germanic *barigild, a kind of high official, of unknown origin.]


a needlepoint embroidery stitch producing a zigzag pattern


(bɑrˈdʒɛl oʊ)

needlepoint or a design done in straight stitches, esp. the needlepoint created by a classic stitch (Florentine stitch) worked in a zigzag pattern.
[1920–25; allegedly after a set of chairs with such embroidery in the Bargello, a museum in Florence]
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Noun1.bargello - needlepoint embroidery stitch that produces zigzag linesbargello - needlepoint embroidery stitch that produces zigzag lines
embroidery stitch, sewing stitch - a stitch made with thread and a threaded sewing needle through fabric or leather
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Far left, Frank working Florentine stitch on a chair cover for their home and Marjorie at the library table making notes about work to be done in the garden