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anaglyph

[an-uh-glif]
noun
  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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for anaglyph

Historical Examples

  • The anaglyph was peculiar to the Egyptian priests; the hieroglyph generally known to the well educated.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • If he had been a priest of Serapis for fifty years he could not have known the anaglyph better.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • If he had been a priest of Serapis for fifty years, he could not have known the Anaglyph better!

  • The anaglyph was peculiar to the Egyptian priests—the hieroglyph generally known to the well educated.


British Dictionary definitions for anaglyph

anaglyph

noun
  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
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Derived Formsanaglyphic, anaglyphical, anaglyptic (ˌænəˈɡlɪptɪk) or anaglyptical, adjectiveanaglyphy (əˈnæɡləfɪ, ˈænəˌɡlɪfɪ), noun

Word Origin

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