glyptics

glyptics

[glip-tiks]
noun
(used with a singular verb) glyptography ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1810–20; see glyptic, -ics

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glyptic

[glip-tik]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to carving or engraving on gems or the like.
noun
2.
the act or process of producing glyptic ornaments.

Origin:
1810–20; < Greek glyptikós of engraving, of stone carving, equivalent to gly-pt(ós) carved (verbid of glýphein to engrave, hollow out) + -ikos -ic

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glyptic (ˈɡlɪptɪk)
 
adj
of or relating to engraving or carving, esp on precious stones
 
[C19: from French glyptique, from Greek gluptikos, from gluptos, from gluphein to carve]

glyptics (ˈɡlɪptɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) the art of engraving precious stones

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