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car·touche or car·touch  audio  (kär-tsh) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. 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.
  2. An oval or oblong figure in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics that encloses characters expressing the names or epithets of royal or divine personages.
  3. A heavy paper cartridge case.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Italian cartoccio, paper cornet, from carta, card, paper ; see carton


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