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  1. the art of engraving on wood, or of printing from such engravings.
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Origin of xylography

From the French word xylographie, dating back to 1810–20. See xylo-, -graphy
Related formsxy·log·ra·pher, nounxy·lo·graph·ic [zahy-luh-graf-ik] /ˌzaɪ ləˈgræf ɪk/, xy·lo·graph·i·cal, adjectivexy·lo·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Xylography was also practiced in China long before Europe knew the art.

    From Xylographs to Lead Molds; A.D. 1440-A.D. 1921

    H. C. Forster

  • Xylography is the art of engraving upon wood; etching, mezzotinto, aquatinta, are varieties of the art of engraving upon copper.

  • We have said that according to a generally received opinion we must look upon playing cards as the oldest remains of xylography.

British Dictionary definitions for xylography


  1. the art, craft, or process of printing from wooden blocks
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Derived Formsxylographer, nounxylographic (ˌzaɪləˈɡræfɪk) or xylographical, adjective
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