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 (mô-rĕsk′, mə-)
Characteristic of Moorish art or architecture.
An ornament or a decoration in Moorish style.

[French, from Old French, from Spanish Morisco, Morisco; see Morisco.]


(Art Terms) (esp of decoration and architecture) of Moorish style
(Art Terms)
a. Moorish design or decoration
b. a specimen of this
[C17: from French, from Italian moresco, from Moro Moor]


(ˈmʊər ɪʃ)

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Moors or Moorish culture.
[1400–50; late Middle English morys]


decoration or ornamentation in the Moorish style, distinguished by intricate tracery and bright colors. — Moresque, adj.
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Adj.1.Moresque - relating to or characteristic of the Moors; "Moorish courtyard"
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Drury C E Fortnum (1892) Majolica, Chapman & Hall, London, quoted in E A Barber, (1915), Hispano Moresque Pottery, The Hispanic Society of America, New York, pp.
The presumably Arabic design pattern that informed such European styles as "the Romanesque, the Moresque and the grotesque" are thus based on Orientalist fantasies (23).
His Roman library included three works by his friend Damiao de Gois, one of which, Fides, religio moresque Aethiopum (1540), was condemned, in 1541, by the Portuguese Inquisition for being too sympathetic toward Ethiopian Christianity.
Though the term arabesque is a Western name for the Eastern image, the design itself stretches back to the ninth century Abbasid dynasty in the Arabian Peninsula, achieves its definitive form in the eleventh century under the Seljuks, Fatimids, and Moors in the Levant and Mahgreb, reaches Islamic Spain by the twelfth century, finds its way to late fifteenth century Europe under the moniker the Moresque, and becomes fashionable during the Renaissance with men such as Albrecht Durer and Hans Holbein (Gibb 561).
Tolstoy herself says, "My influences have been Hispano Moresque, Turkish Iznik and more recently Persian Safavid Esphahan.
ut mihi merito subiret vituperatio totius sexus, cum viderem puellam, proci iuvenis amore nuptiarumque castarum desiderio simulato, lupanaris spurci sordidique subito delectari nomine; et tunc quidem totarum mulierum secta moresque de asini pendebant iudicio.