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Pronunciation: (kär-tOOsh'), [key]
1. Archit.a rounded, convex surface, usually surrounded with carved ornamental scrollwork, for receiving a painted or low-relief decoration, as an escutcheon.
2. an oval or oblong figure, as on ancient Egyptian monuments, enclosing characters that represent the name of a sovereign.
3. the case containing the inflammable materials in certain fireworks.
4. cartridge (def. 1).
5. a box for cartridges. Also,car•touch'.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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