1. an ornament sculptured or embossed in low relief, as a cameo.
  2. Optics. a composite picture printed in two colors that produces a three-dimensional image when viewed through spectacles having lenses of corresponding colors.

Origin of anaglyph

First recorded in 1645–55, anaglyph is from the Greek word anáglyphos wrought in low relief. See ana-, glyph
Related formsan·a·glyph·ic, an·a·glyph·i·cal, an·a·glyp·tic [an-uh-glip-tik] /ˌæn əˈglɪp tɪk/, an·a·glyp·ti·cal, adjectivea·nag·ly·phy [uh-nag-luh-fee, an-uh-glif-ee] /əˈnæg lə fi, ˈæn əˌglɪf i/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. photog a stereoscopic picture consisting of two images of the same object, taken from slightly different angles, in two complementary colours, usually red and cyan (green-blue). When viewed through spectacles having one red and one cyan lens, the images merge to produce a stereoscopic sensation
  2. anything cut to stand in low relief, such as a cameo
Derived Formsanaglyphic, anaglyphical, anaglyptic (ˌænəˈɡlɪptɪk) or anaglyptical, adjectiveanaglyphy (əˈnæɡləfɪ, ˈænəˌɡlɪfɪ), noun

Word Origin for anaglyph

C17: from Greek anagluphē carved in low relief, from ana- + gluphē carving, from gluphein to carve
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