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Squoval is a portmanteau of the terms and shapes "square" and "oval." The word can refer to the not quite oval, not quite square shape of a fingernail or toenail[1]. "Essentially a conservative square with the length of a square nail but the softer edges of an oval" the term was coined in 1984 by Paula Gilmore, a prominent educator, according to Peters[2]. This style was popular in the 1990s, and is still a popular natural nail shape.

Fingernails in the shape of squovals.

The bicycle company Cervélo also uses the term in its sales literature to describe the cross sectional appearance of their R3 downtube.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Mcalonan, Esla (19 April 2009). "Home beauty school - Founder of Jessica Nails, Jessica Vartoughian, on a proper salon manicure" (in English). Mail Online. The Daily Mail, UK. Retrieved 2009-07-23.  
  2. ^ Crowley, Tim (2007). "Getting Nails Into Shape", Nails, p.81. November issue accessed 02/15/08.
  3. ^ "Cervelo R3 Team Road Frame" (in English). Road Cycling UK. Retrieved 2009-07-23.  


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