glyptics

[ glip-tiks ]
/ ˈglɪp tɪks /

noun

(used with a singular verb) glyptography(def 2).

Origin of glyptics

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

Definition for glyptics (2 of 2)

glyptic

[ glip-tik ]
/ ˈglɪp tɪk /

adjective

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

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for glyptics (1 of 2)

glyptics

/ (ˈɡlɪptɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the art of engraving precious stones

British Dictionary definitions for glyptics (2 of 2)

glyptic

/ (ˈɡlɪptɪk) /

adjective

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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