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A very small shiny metal disc or spangle, of various colours, used by being sewn on a handbag, dress, etc. as ornamentation, either overall or in a decorative pattern. The name is derived from the Italian zecchino (a Venetian gold coin from the late 13th century).
From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson