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  1. a sculptured figure having the head and extremities of stone and the torso of other material.
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Origin of acrolith

1840–50; < Latin acrolithus < Greek akrólithos. See acro-, -lith
Related formsac·ro·lith·ic, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Acrolith, ak′ro-lith, n. a statue of the earlier Greek artists having the trunk made of wood and the extremities of stone.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


British Dictionary definitions for acrolith


  1. (esp in ancient Greek sculpture) a wooden, often draped figure with only the head, hands, and feet in stone
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Derived Formsacrolithic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: via Latin acrolithus from Greek akrolithos having stone extremities
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