- (used with a singular verb) glyptography(def 2).
Origin of glyptics
- of or relating to carving or engraving on gems or the like.
- the act or process of producing glyptic ornaments.
Origin of glyptic
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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- (functioning as singular) the art of engraving precious stones
- of or relating to engraving or carving, esp on precious stones
C19: from French glyptique, from Greek gluptikos, from gluptos, from gluphein to carve
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