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 (kə-sō′nā, -nē)
n. pl. cas·son·ni (-nē)
A large, long, usually ornate chest, popular in Renaissance Italy and used especially to hold a bride's dowry goods or other possessions.

[Italian, from Old Italian, augmentative of cassa, box, case, from Latin capsa.]
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(Furniture) a highly-decorated, Italian dowry chest
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References in classic literature ?
There was the huge Italian cassone, with its fantastically painted panels and its tarnished gilt mouldings, in which he had so often hidden himself as a boy.
Bishop, C., Cassone, N., Jarvis, P., Turner, A., Chavda, S., and Edwards, M.
Mahuku G., Lockhart B.E., Wanjala B., Jones M.W., Kimunye J.N., Stewart L.R., Cassone B.J., Sevgan S., Nyasani J.O., Kusia E., Kumar P.L., Niblett C.L., Kiggundu A., Asea G., Pappu H.R., Wangai A., Prasanna B.M.
Take a look at the Cassone Adimari, a painting which is said to be the front of a wedding chest and shows a wedding parade in downtown Florence.
For Gianni Schicchi, the design was traditional 13th-century Florentine, with a high curtained bed and a large cassone at its foot.
Up high, lining the balcony that runs all round this room, are cassone and spalliera panels that were once set into chests, wall panelling, settles or bed frames.
Cassone, "Evidence for macrophage-mediated protection against lethal Candida albicans infection," Infection and Immunity, vol.
Nel cassone posteriore di uno dei loro fuoristrada si possono intravedere "le facce sporche di sangue e terrorizzate di alcune donne dagli abiti stracciati" (95).
Mezzacappa MA, Facchini FP, Pinto AC, Cassone AE, Souza DS, Bezerra MA, et al.