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[an-uh-glif] /ˈæn ə glɪf/
an ornament sculptured or embossed in low relief, as a cameo.
Optics. a composite picture printed in two colors that produces a three-dimensional image when viewed through spectacles having lenses of corresponding colors.
Origin of anaglyph
1645-55; < Greek anáglyphos wrought in low relief. See ana-, glyph
Related forms
anaglyphic, anaglyphical, anaglyptic
[an-uh-glip-tik] /ˌæn əˈglɪp tɪk/ (Show IPA),
anaglyptical, adjective
[uh-nag-luh-fee, an-uh-glif-ee] /əˈnæg lə fi, ˈæn əˌglɪf i/ (Show IPA),
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  • The anaglyph image was calculated from the nadir channel and one stereo channel.
  • Though it may have been impressive at the time, early anaglyph imaging suffered from many issues.
British Dictionary definitions for anaglyph


(photog) a stereoscopic picture consisting of two images of the same object, taken from slightly different angles, in two complementary colours, usually red and cyan (green-blue). When viewed through spectacles having one red and one cyan lens, the images merge to produce a stereoscopic sensation
anything cut to stand in low relief, such as a cameo
Derived Forms
anaglyphic, anaglyphical, anaglyptic (ˌænəˈɡlɪptɪk), anaglyptical, adjective
anaglyphy (əˈnæɡləfɪ; ˈænəˌɡlɪfɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek anagluphē carved in low relief, from ana- + gluphē carving, from gluphein to carve
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