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skeuomorph

[skyoo-uh-mawrf] /ˈskyu əˌmɔrf/
noun
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.
Origin of skeuomorph
1889
1889; < Greek skeû(os) vessel, implement + -o- + -morph (cf. zoomorphic)
Related forms
skeuomorphic, adjective
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  • Now one part of the body was surrendered to the skeuomorph and anon another.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • To speak somewhat figuratively, heteromorphism is a sort of disease that may attack the skeuomorph or the biomorph.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon

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