from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Decoration produced on pottery or ceramic by scratching through a surface of plaster or glazing to reveal a different color underneath.
- n. Ware decorated in this manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A technique in ceramics, art and wall design, where the top layer of pigment or slip is scratched through to reveal an underlying layer.
- v. To produce a design using this technique.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Scratched; -- said of decorative painting of a certain style, in which a white overland surface is cut or scratched through, so as to form the design from a dark ground underneath.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as graffito decoration (which see, under graffito).
- n. Same as graffito ware (which see, under graffito).
- n. A kind of pottery made in England, in which clays of different colors are laid one upon another and the pattern is produced by cutting away the outer layers, as in cameos and cameo-glass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the ground
Italian, past participle of sgraffire, to scratch, from sgraffio, a scratch, from sgraffiare, to scratch, from Old Italian : s-, intensive pref.; see sforzando + graffiare, to scratch; see graffito.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from the Italian, which derives from the Ancient Greek graphein, meaning "to write or scratch." (Wiktionary)