arabesque

An arabesque is a position in which a ballerina stands on one leg with the other stretched out behind her. The back leg in an arabesque might be just touching the floor or extended straight up in the air.

A ballet dancer in an arabesque position is familiar — many ballets include arabesques or arabesques penchée, when the ballerina's legs are at an angle greater than ninety degrees. Another kind of arabesque is a graceful design originally found in Islamic art and later in European art and design. This kind of arabesque resembles vines and leaves, rendered in metal, ceramic, or stone. The word arabesque comes from the Italian Arabo, or "Arab," used to describe Moorish architecture.

Primary Meanings of arabesque

1.
n
position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose
2.
n
an ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design
Full Definitions of arabesque
1

n position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose

Type of:
ballet position
classical position of the body and especially the feet in ballet
2

n an ornament that interlaces simulated foliage in an intricate design

Type of:
decoration, ornament, ornamentation
something used to beautify

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