[in-tal-yoh, -tahl-; Italian een-tah-lyaw]
noun, plural intaglios Italian, intagli [een-tah-lyee] .
incised carving, as opposed to carving in relief.
ornamentation with a figure or design sunk below the surface.
a gem, seal, piece of jewelry, or the like, cut with an incised or sunken design.
an incised or countersunk die.
a figure or design so produced.
a process in which a design, text, etc., is engraved into the surface of a plate so that when ink is applied and the excess is wiped off, ink remains in the grooves and is transferred to paper in printing, as in engraving or etching.
an impression or printing from such a design, engraving, etc.
verb (used with object)
to incise or display in intaglio.

1635–45; < Italian, derivative of intagliare to cut in, engrave, equivalent to in- in-2 + tagliare to cut < Late Latin tāliāre, derivative of Latin tālea a cutting; see tally Unabridged
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intaglio (ɪnˈtɑːlɪˌəʊ)
n , pl -lios, -li
1.  Compare cameo a seal, gem, etc, ornamented with a sunken or incised design, as opposed to a design in relief
2.  the art or process of incised carving
3.  a design, figure, or ornamentation carved, engraved, or etched into the surface of the material used
4.  any of various printing techniques using an etched or engraved plate. The whole plate is smeared with ink, the surface wiped clean, and the ink in the recesses then transferred to the paper or other material
5.  an incised die used to make a design in relief
[C17: from Italian, from intagliare to engrave, from tagliare to cut, from Late Latin tāliāre; see tailor]

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Example sentences
Yellow and pink colors are by the offset press and light brown, dark brown and purple added by the intaglio press.
The plate is then inked and run through a heavy intaglio press to create prints.
Intaglio is a term used to describe the printing of ink that lies in recessed, etched areas of the plate.
Archeological resources include petroglyphs, lithic scatters and an intaglio.
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