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cylinder seal

noun
1.
a small carved cylinder used especially by the ancient Mesopotamians to impress a design in wet clay.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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Contemporary definitions for cylinder-seal
noun

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

Examples

People used cylinder seals to 'seal' ancient documents for about 3,000 years.

Usage Note

archaeology

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