) KEY NOUN:
- A structure or figure, often in the shape of an oval shield or oblong scroll, used as an architectural or graphic ornament or to bear a design or inscription.
- An oval or oblong figure in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics that encloses characters expressing the names or epithets of royal or divine personages.
- A heavy paper cartridge case.
French, from Italian cartoccio
, paper cornet
, from carta
, card, paper
; see carton