a work of art composed of several connected panels.

1855–60; special use of Late Latin polyptychum < Greek polýptychon a register, roll, noun use of neuter of polýptychos having many folds. See poly-, diptych, triptych

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polyptych (ˈpɒlɪptɪk)
diptych Compare triptych an altarpiece consisting of more than three panels, set with paintings or carvings, and usually hinged for folding
[C19: via Late Latin from Greek poluptuchon something folded many times, from poly- + ptuchē a fold]

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The installation on exhibit is composed of thirty-two square panels of polyptych and encaustic on wood.
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