of or relating to carving or engraving on gems or the like.


the act or process of producing glyptic ornaments.

Origin of glyptic

1810–20; < Greek glyptikós of engraving, of stone carving, equivalent to gly-pt(ós) carved (verbid of glýphein to engrave, hollow out) + -ikos -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of or relating to engraving or carving, esp on precious stones

Word Origin for glyptic

C19: from French glyptique, from Greek gluptikos, from gluptos, from gluphein to carve
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