MEANING: noun:
1. A small sculpture carved in relief on a background of another color.
2. A short description, literary sketch, etc., that effectively presents the subject.
3. A very brief appearance by a well-known actor or celebrity in a film, typically in a non-speaking role.
4. A brief appearance or a minor role.

ETYMOLOGY: From Italian cammeo, from Latin cammaeus. Earliest documented use: 1561.

CAMEOW - the utterance (udderance?) of a bovine kitty

CHAMEO - a soft cloth used for polishing

CAFÉO - French coffee, without the milk

CAMOO - French existentialist novelist, author of [i]The Stronger[/b]