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[kol-uh-tahyp] /ˈkɒl əˌtaɪp/
noun, Also called albertype, artotype, heliotype.
any photomechanical process of printing from a plate coated with gelatin.
the plate used for this.
a print made from such a plate.
verb (used with object), collotyped, collotyping.
to produce (a print) by collotype; albertype; artotype; heliotype.
Origin of collotype
1880-85; < Greek kóll(a) glue + -o- + -type
Related forms
[kol-uh-tip-ik] /ˌkɒl əˈtɪp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
[kol-uh-tahy-pee] /ˈkɒl əˌtaɪ pi/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • This volume contains reproduction in colour of sixteen Jacobite pictures and seven portraits in collotype.

    Law and Laughter George Alexander Morton
  • With thirty-two portraits in collotype and frontispiece in colour.

    Law and Laughter George Alexander Morton
  • The two collotype plates represent A2 recto (title page) and A3 recto in the Dyce copy of the original.

  • Four portraits in colour, twenty-five in collotype and several letters in facsimile.

    Law and Laughter George Alexander Morton
  • With frontispiece in colour and thirty-five portraits in collotype.

    Law and Laughter George Alexander Morton
  • As a general rule photo-micrographs are best reproduced by collotype.

    The Essentials of Illustration T. G. (Thomas George) Hill
  • This discovery led to the invention of the Autotype, Woodburytype, collotype, and other methods of photo-mechanical printing.

  • The collotype plate is then exposed under the negative and washed in cold water until the yellow bichromate no longer comes away.

    The Essentials of Illustration T. G. (Thomas George) Hill
  • collotype, kol′o-tīp, n. a photographic process much used for book illustrations and advertising purposes.

  • An author will naturally consider whether a photograph is to be reproduced by means of photogravure, collotype or half-tone.

    The Essentials of Illustration T. G. (Thomas George) Hill
British Dictionary definitions for collotype


Also called photogelatine process. a method of lithographic printing from a flat surface of hardened gelatine: used mainly for fine-detail reproduction in monochrome or colour
a print made using this process
Derived Forms
collotypic (ˌkɒləˈtɪpɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek kolla glue + type
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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