Meaning of craquelure

cra•que•lure

Pronunciation: (krak-loor', krak'loor Fr. krak&supschwa-lyr'), [key]
— pl. -lures
  1. a network of fine cracks or crackles on the surface of a painting, caused chiefly by shrinkage of paint film or varnish.
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