One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
1The art, originating in Norway, of painting wooden furniture and objects with flower motifs.‘the folk art of rosemaling’
- ‘You can find wall-mounted coat racks with rosemaling, or other styles of decorative painting.’
- 1.1 Painted flower motifs as used in rosemaling.‘there is excruciating embarrassment in smudged rosemaling’
- ‘The current popularity of the peasant arts of wood carving and rosemaling (rose painting) also grew out of the bygdelag tradition.’
1940s: from Norwegian, literally ‘rose painting’.
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