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Borrowed from Italian secco ("dry").
secco (not comparable)
- (art) dry
- Secco painting, or painting in secco, is painting on dry plaster, as distinguished from fresco painting, on wet or fresh plaster.
- (music) dry - sparse accompaniment, staccato, without resonance
secco (plural seccos)
- (art) A work painted on dry plaster, as distinguished from a fresco.
- 1987, James Black, Recent Advances in the Conservation and Analysis of Artifacts (page 289)
- The Roman frescoes are generally robust, but the Chinese and Egyptian seccos are inherently weak [...]
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for secco in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
From Latin siccus, from Proto-Indo-European *seyk-.
secco (feminine singular secca, masculine plural secchi, feminine plural secche)
secco m (plural secchi)
- first-person singular present indicative of seccare