Italian for “high relief.” A term used in sculpture for figures
in wood, stone, marble, etc., so cut as to project at least one-half
from the tablet. It should be rilievo (3 syl.).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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