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1. A process of etching capable of producing several tones by varying the etching time of different areas of a copper plate so that the resulting print resembles the flat tints of an ink or wash drawing.
2. An etching made by this process.
[French aquatinte, from Italian acquatinta : acqua, water (from Latin aqua; see aqua) + tinta, dyed (from Latin tincta, feminine past participle of tingere, to dye).]
aq′ua·tint′er, aq′ua·tint′ist n.
a person who creates aquatints