tête-bêche

[ tet-besh ]
/ tɛtˈbɛʃ /

adjective Philately.

of or relating to a pair of stamps that have been printed with one stamp inverted.

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Origin of tête-bêche

1880–85; <French, equivalent to tête head + bêche, reduced from béchevet placed with the head of one against the foot of the other
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British Dictionary definitions for tête-bêche

tête-bêche
/ (tɛtˈbɛʃ) /

adjective

philately (of an unseparated pair of stamps) printed so that one is inverted in relation to the other

Word Origin for tête-bêche

C19: from French, from tête head + bêche, from obsolete béchevet double-headed (originally of a bed)
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