oeil de boeuf


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Noun1.oeil de boeuf - a circular or oval window; 17th or 18th century French architecture
window - a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air
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In the lower city, at scarcely a hundred paces from the Castle of the States, between the mall and the castle, in a sufficiently handsome street, then called Rue Vieille, and which must, in fact, have been very old, stood a venerable edifice, with pointed gables, of squat but large dimensions, ornamented with three windows looking into the street on the first floor, with two in the second and with a little oeil de boeuf in the third.
Derriere la vitrine de sa boucherie ou plus tard derriere l'oeil de boeuf du bordel de Jupien, il vehicule son langage a travers des gestes et un corps provoquant le plaisir complice de celui qui l'observe.
Nous y assistons pendant qu'il se deroule simultanement sous l'oeil attentif du narrateur, a travers l' "oeil de boeuf lateral", decor propice au contexte de la boucherie.