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sculptured or painted architectural or interior ornament consisting of a garland of leaves, flowers, or fruit, or some combination of these, held by ribbons or folds and draped at the ends. When a festoon hangs down from only one end, it is called a drop, but when it hangs from both ends it is termed a swag. The festoon reproduces the actual garland used on Greek and Roman festal altars and was much used as a decorative feature in Roman and Renaissance art. It was often represented as carried by putti, or infant figures.
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Hanging clusters of fruit, tied in a bunch with leaves and flowers; used as decoration on pilasters and panels, usually hung between rosettes and skulls of animals.
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A festive decoration of pendant semi-loops with attachments and loose ends, esp. a swag of fabric, or representations of such decorations. Also see garland.
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1. a decorative chain of flowers, ribbons, etc., suspended in loops; garland
2. a carved or painted representation of this, as in architecture, furniture, or pottery
3. Dentistry
a. the scalloped appearance of the gums where they meet the teeth
b. a design carved on the base material of a denture to simulate this
a. either of two Zerynthia species of white pierid butterfly of southern Europe, typically mottled red, yellow, and brown
b. an ochreous brown moth, Apoda avellana the unusual sluglike larvae of which feed on oak leaves
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The Technoscreen self-feeding gear pump and screening device produces single or multiple long strips of filtered rubber that can be cooled and festooned for feeding extruders or injection machines.
A festoon tree looks odd but is fruitful and takes up much less space than a normal tree.
The dip tank is of non-corrosive construction and is located between the inlet (take-away) conveyor and the festoon entrance.
Fabriflex composites have elastic properties that can be tailored to the needs of the specific application with benefits that include a force wall to minimize tears induced by excessive over stretching and extensive roll life without the need to spool or festoon.
The product includes several standard features, such as manual sidelay with up to [+ or -] 1 inch adjustment, easy web-up festoon for quick web-up capability using nesting rollers and a durable nip splice head that ensures positive, dependable splices.
The wall above the elephants is decorated with festoons and a clock striking midnight symbolising New Year 2019.
TOKYO (AFP) - Resplendent in shocking pink, a sleek "Hello Kitty" bullet train, complete with special carriages festooned with images of the global icon from Japan, has been unveiled before it chugs into service this week.