Variant of cameo
- a carving in relief on certain stratified gems (sardonyx, agate, etc.) or shells so that the raised design, often a head in profile, is usually in a layer of different color from its background
- a gem, shell, etc. so carved
- a minor but well-defined role in a play, film, etc., esp. when performed by a notable actor
- a fine bit of descriptive writing
Origin: Italian cammeo ; from Midieval Latin camaeus, camahutus; ultimately ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Persian chumāhän, agate
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