Word of the day

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arabesque (noun) – 1. A ballet position executed while standing on one straight leg with one arm extended forward and the other arm and leg extended backward.
2. A complex, ornate design of intertwined floral, foliate, and geometric figures.
3. (Music) An ornate, whimsical composition especially for piano.
4. An intricate or elaborate pattern or design:

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1786, “Moorish or Arabic ornamental design,” from French arabesque (16th century), from Italian arabesco, from Arabo “Arab”, with reference to Moorish architecture. In reference to an ornamented theme or passage in piano music it is attested by 1853, originally the title given in 1839 by Robert Schumann to one of his piano pieces (“Arabeske in C major”). As a ballet pose, first attested 1830.

The name arabesque applied to the flowing ornament of Moorish invention is exactly suited to express those graceful lines which are their counterpart in the art of dancing. [“A Manual of the Theory and Practice of Classical Theatrical Dancing,” 1922] .


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