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[myoo r-uh l] /ˈmyʊər əl/

a large picture painted or affixed directly on a wall or ceiling.
a greatly enlarged photograph attached directly to a wall.
a wallpaper pattern representing a landscape or the like, often with very widely spaced repeats so as to produce the effect of a mural painting on a wall of average size; a trompe l’oeil.
of, relating to, or resembling a wall.
executed on or affixed to a wall:
mural inscriptions.
pertaining to any of several astronomical instruments that were affixed to a wall aligned on the plane of a meridian, and were formerly used to measure the altitude of celestial bodies:
a mural quadrant; a mural circle.
a large painting or picture on a wall
of or relating to a wall

painting on a wall, 1921, short for mural painting (1850), from mural (adj.) “pertaining to walls” (mid-15c.), from Latin muralis “of a wall,” from murus “wall” (Old Latin moiros, moerus), from PIE *mei- “to fix; to build fences or fortifications” (cf. Old English mære “boundary, border, landmark;” Old Norse -mæri “boundary, border-land;” Latin munire “to fortify, protect”).

mural mu·ral (myur’əl)
Of or relating to the wall of any cavity.

A painting, usually large, made directly on a wall.

Note: The Mexican artist Diego Rivera was noted for his production of murals.


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  • Muraled

    [myoo r-uh ld] /ˈmyʊər əld/ adjective 1. decorated with a mural or murals.

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  • Muralism

    [myoo r-uh-liz-uh m] /ˈmyʊər əˌlɪz əm/ noun, (sometimes initial capital letter) 1. an artistic movement identified chiefly with the Mexican painters José Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Siqueiros and exemplified by their grand-scale, narrative murals on humanitarian, social, and political themes.

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