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Of or pertaining to Venice in Italy. Venetian blind, a blind for windows, doors, etc, made of thin slats, either fixed at a certain angle in the shutter, or movable, and in the latter case so disposed as to overlap each other when close, and to show a series of open spaces for the admission of air and light when in other positions. Venetian carpet, an inexpensive carpet, used for passages and stairs, having a woolen warp which conceals the weft; the pattern is therefore commonly made up of simple stripes. Venetian chalk, a white compact or steatite, used for marking on cloth, etc. Venetian door, a door having long, narrow windows or panes of glass on the sides. Venetian glass, a kind of glass made by the Venetians, for decorative purposes, by the combination of pieces of glass of different colours fused together and wrought into various ornamental patterns. Venetian red, a brownish red colour, prepared from sulphate of iron; called also scarlet ocher. Venetian soap. See castile soap, under Soap.
(Science: botany) Venetian sumac, a window consisting of a main window with an arched head, having on each side a long and narrow window with a square head.
Origin: Cf. It. Veneziano, L. Venetianus.

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