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Friday, May 24, 2013

Definitions for skeuomorph

  1. an ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from another material or by other techniques, as an imitation metal rivet mark found on handles of prehistoric pottery.

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Citations for skeuomorph
Skeuomorphs exist to make the population feel comfortable and assured of some cultural continuity — in architecture, a typical skeuomorph is a pseudo “Tudor” styled house in a suburban development. Bruce Sterling, "Web Semantics," Wired, February 10, 2011
Such an object, in archaeological parlance, is a skeuomorph, a classic manifestation of technology as it leaves behind the realm of natural things. Timothy Taylor, The Artificial Ape, 2010
Origin of skeuomorph
1889
Skeuomorph is a neologism that was invented in the late 1800s from the Greek roots skeû meaning "vessel, implement" and morph meaning "of the kind specified by the initial element."
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