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A style of black letter formerly used in German manuscripts and printing.
[German, from Latin frāctūra, a breaking (from the curlicues that appear to break up the word); see fracture.]
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(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a style of typeface, formerly used in German typesetting for many printed works
[German, from Latin fractūra a breaking, fracture; from the curlicues that seem to interrupt the continuous line of a word]
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1. German black-letter text type.
2. (often l.c.) a stylized, highly decorative watercolor or calligraphic technique in the Pennsylvania-German tradition.
[1900–05, Amer.; < German < Latin frāctūra action of breaking (in reference to the curlicues that broke up the continuous line of a word). See fracture]
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