decalcomania

decalcomania

[dih-kal-kuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh]
noun
1.
the art or process of transferring pictures or designs from specially prepared paper to wood, metal, glass, etc.
2.
decal ( defs 1, 2 ).

Origin:
1860–65; < French décalcomanie, equivalent to décalc- (representing décalquer to transfer a tracing of, equivalent to dé- de- + calquer to trace) + -o- -o- + -manie -mania

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decalcomania (dɪˌkælkəˈmeɪnɪə)
 
n
1.  the art or process of transferring a design from prepared paper onto another surface, such as china, glass or paper
2.  a design so transferred
 
[C19: from French décalcomanie, from décalquer to transfer by tracing, from dé-de- + calquer to trace + -manie-mania]

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decalcomania

design that is printed on specially prepared paper to form a film that can be transferred to any surface. Such films are widely used for decorating and labeling any objects that cannot be run through a press

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