car·touche or car·touch (kär-tsh)
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.
[French, from Italian cartoccio, paper cornet, from carta, card, paper; see CARTON.]
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