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diptych

[dip-tik] /ˈdɪp tɪk/
noun
1.
a hinged two-leaved tablet used in ancient times for writing on with a stylus.
2.
Usually, diptychs.
  1. a similar tablet of wood or metal containing on one leaf the names of those among the living, and on the other those among the dead, for whom prayers and Masses are said.
  2. the lists of such persons.
  3. the intercession in the course of which these names were introduced.
3.
a pair of pictures or carvings on two panels, usually hinged together.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Late Latin diptycha writing tablet with two leaves < Greek díptycha, neuter plural of díptychos folded together, equivalent to di- di-1 + -ptychos, verbid of ptýssein to fold
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  • He was seated at his diptych or ancient two-leaved writing-table with inner sides waxed.
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British Dictionary definitions for diptych

diptych

/ˈdɪptɪk/
noun
1.
a pair of hinged wooden tablets with waxed surfaces for writing
2.
a painting or carving on two panels, usually hinged like a book
Word Origin
C17: from Greek diptukhos folded together, from di1 + ptukhos fold; compare triptych
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Word Origin and History for diptych
n.

1620s, from Latin diptycha (plural), from late Greek diptykha, neuter plural of diptykhos "double-folded, doubled," from dis- "two" + ptykhe "fold."

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