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[oh-lee-uh-graf, -grahf] /ˈoʊ li əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
a chromolithograph printed in oil colors on canvas or cloth.
Origin of oleograph
First recorded in 1870-75; oleo- + -graph
Related forms
[oh-lee-uh-graf-ik] /ˌoʊ li əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
[oh-lee-og-ruh-fee] /ˌoʊ liˈɒg rə fi/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But, now, I cannot for the life of me remember whether there was such an oleograph or not.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • And his smile is as the smile of the rising sun in an oleograph.

    Halima And The Scorpions Robert Hichens
  • How often his had heard her tell the story, how often expatiate on the beauties of that skilful imitation of an oleograph!

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • Between the dirtysugar sands of the desert and the oleograph sky it was a third band of brilliant color, monstrously outofplace.

  • Attached to the bolster by a towel, under his father's bayonet and the oleograph depicting the Nativity, sat the baby.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • As I lay in bed I found myself looking at an oleograph which hung on the wall opposite my bed.

    Occultism and Common-Sense Beckles Willson
  • It was an oleograph commonplace picture of a girl holding a rose and leaning out of a balcony, an arch forming the background.

    Occultism and Common-Sense Beckles Willson
British Dictionary definitions for oleograph


/ˈəʊlɪəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
a chromolithograph printed in oil colours to imitate the appearance of an oil painting
the pattern formed by a drop of oil spreading on water
Derived Forms
oleographic (ˌəʊlɪəˈɡræfɪk) adjective
oleography (ˌəʊlɪˈɒɡrəfɪ) noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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