cylinder seal

noun
a small carved cylinder used especially by the ancient Mesopotamians to impress a design in wet clay.

Origin:
1885–90

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Main Entry:  cylinder seal
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a small barrel-shaped stone object engraved with a design, scene, or inscription which was impressed onto clay when the seal was rolled over tablet
Example:  People used cylinder seals to 'seal' ancient documents for about 3,000 years.
Usage:  archaeology
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Boom cylinder seal started leaking during operations.
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