Pronunciation: (fräk-tOOr'), [key]
1. Print.German black-letter text, a style of type.
2. (usually l.c.) Also,fractur.
a. a stylized, highly decorative watercolor or watercolor-and-ink painting in the Pennsylvania-German tradition, often bearing elaborate calligraphy and standardized motifs, as birds, tulips, mermaids, and unicorns, and typically appearing on a book page, baptismal certificate or other family record, or merchant's advertisement.
b. the elaborate calligraphy used in frakturs.

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