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glyptics

[glip-tiks]
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noun
  1. (used with a singular verb) glyptography(def 2).
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Origin of glyptics

First recorded in 1810–20; see origin at glyptic, -ics

glyptic

[glip-tik]
adjective
  1. of or relating to carving or engraving on gems or the like.
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noun
  1. the act or process of producing glyptic ornaments.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for glyptics

glyptics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) the art of engraving precious stones
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glyptic

adjective
  1. of or relating to engraving or carving, esp on precious stones
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Word Origin

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