Definitions for nielloniˈɛl oʊ; -ˈɛl i

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  1. niello(Noun)

    Any of various black metal alloys, made of sulphur with copper, silver or lead, used to create decorative designs on other metals.

  2. Origin: From niello, from post-classical nigellum, from nigellus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Niello(noun)

    a metallic alloy of a deep black color

  2. Niello(noun)

    the art, process, or method of decorating metal with incised designs filled with the black alloy

  3. Niello(noun)

    a piece of metal, or any other object, so decorated

  4. Niello(noun)

    an impression on paper taken from an ancient incised decoration or metal plate

  5. Origin: [It. niello, LL. nigellum a black of blackish enamel, fr. L. nigellus, dim. of niger black. See Negro, and cf. Anneal.]


  1. Niello

    Niello is a black mixture of copper, silver, and lead sulphides, used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal. It can be used for filling in designs cut from metal. The Egyptians are credited with originating niello decoration, which spread throughout Europe during the late Iron Age and is common in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and other types of Early Medieval jewellery.


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