1. a facsimile, for use in printing, of a block of type, an engraving, or the like, consisting of a thin copper or nickel shell deposited by electrolytic action in a wax, lead, or plastic mold of the original and backed with lead alloy.
  2. electrotypy.
verb (used with object), e·lec·tro·typed, e·lec·tro·typ·ing.
  1. to make an electrotype of.

Origin of electrotype

First recorded in 1830–40; electro- + type
Related formse·lec·tro·typ·er, noun
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  1. a duplicate printing plate made by electrolytically depositing a layer of copper or nickel onto a mould of the originalSometimes shortened to: electro
  1. (tr) to make an electrotype of (printed matter, illustrations, etc)
Derived Formselectrotyper, noun
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