decalcomania

[dih-kal-kuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh]

noun

the art or process of transferring pictures or designs from specially prepared paper to wood, metal, glass, etc.

Nearby words

  1. decahydronaphthalene,
  2. decal,
  3. decalage,
  4. decalcification,
  5. decalcify,
  6. decalescence,
  7. decalin,
  8. decaliter,
  9. decalitre,
  10. decalogue

Origin of decalcomania

1860–65; < French décalcomanie, equivalent to décalc- (representing décalquer to transfer a tracing of, equivalent to dé- de- + calquer to trace) + -o- -o- + -manie -mania

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Examples from the Web for decalcomania

  • "I'd have to go home first and get my decalcomania book," Jimmy stipulated.

    The Believing Years|Edmund Lester Pearson
  • I remember once decorating a card for Mother with some decalcomania pictures.

    The Story of Porcelain|Sara Ware Bassett
  • The hat with movement is like a free-hand sketch, a hat without movement like a decalcomania.

    Woman as Decoration|Emily Burbank


British Dictionary definitions for decalcomania

decalcomania

noun

the art or process of transferring a design from prepared paper onto another surface, such as china, glass or paper
a design so transferred

Word Origin for decalcomania

C19: from French décalcomanie, from décalquer to transfer by tracing, from dé- de- + calquer to trace + -manie -mania

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