One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually as modifier A thing shaped like the back of a violin, with the sides deeply curved inwards, especially the back of a chair or the front of a chasuble.
- ‘Vaguely Queen Anne in style, the oval dining table and the front of the fiddleback chairs had ‘turned’ legs built from stacks of variously sized plasterboard disks.’
- ‘The cherry chest-on-frame, 1740-1760, comes from Connecticut, while the flanking pair of maple fiddleback chairs was made in the Hudson River valley in the eighteenth century.’
- ‘Regardless of the maker, New York fiddle-back chairs are remarkably uniform in design and construction.’
- ‘The maple fiddleback chair, 1760-1800, is from Long Island.’
2mass noun A rippled effect in the grain of fine wood, often exploited when making the backs of violins.as modifier ‘fiddleback mahogany’
- ‘In maple this is termed tiger maple, or fiddleback, because it is preferred for violin backs.’
- ‘Some trees produce spectacularly grained wood in curly, fiddleback, quilt, and bird's eye designs that are treasured by fine furniture makers.’
- ‘The group is now progressing well towards reaching its goal of having fine crafted furniture created from local species such as banksia, rock sheoak, fiddleback rivergum and common rivergum.’
- ‘The photo is a cabinet by Craig Vandall Stevens, of granadillo, fiddleback maple, spalted maple, spalted Swiss pear, bubinga, and brass.’
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