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 (skră-fē′tō, zgrä-)
n. pl. sgraf·fi·ti (-tē)
1. Decoration produced (on pottery or ceramic, for example) by scratching through a surface layer to reveal a different color underneath.
2. Something, such as pottery, decorated in this manner.

[Italian, past participle of sgraffire, to scratch, from sgraffio, a scratch, from sgraffiare, to scratch, from Old Italian : s-, intensive pref.; see sforzando + graffiare, to scratch; see graffito.]
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n, pl -ti (-tɪ)
1. (Art Terms) a technique in mural or ceramic decoration in which the top layer of glaze, plaster, etc, is incised with a design to reveal parts of the ground
2. (Art Terms) such a decoration
3. (Art Terms) an object decorated in such a way
[C18: from Italian, from sgraffire to scratch; see graffiti]
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(skrɑˈfi toʊ; It. zgrɑfˈfi tɔ)

n., pl. -ti (-tē).
1. a technique of ornamentation in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is incised to reveal a ground of contrasting color.
2. an object, esp. pottery, decorated by this technique. Compare graffito.
[1720–30; < Italian, past participle of sgraffire to do sgraffito work; see ex1, graffito]
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Ceramic decoration in which the topmost layer (glaze, plaster, etc) is carved with a design to reveal selected areas of the ground.
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Noun1.sgraffito - a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the groundsgraffito - a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the ground
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
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nSgraffito nt
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Students chose between original designs, silkscreened images and stencils, textures and sgrafitto, and photo decals in which personal pictures could be printed from the classroom printer.
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