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Of or relating to engraving or carving, especially on precious stones.
[Greek gluptikos, from gluptos, carved, from gluphein, to carve; see gleubh- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Art Terms) of or relating to engraving or carving, esp on precious stones
[C19: from French glyptique, from Greek gluptikos, from gluptos, from gluphein to carve]
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1. of or pertaining to carving or engraving on gems or the like.n.
2. Also, glyp′tics. the process of engraving on gems or the like.
[1810–20; < Greek glyptikós=glypt(ós) carved, v. adj. of glýphein to engrave, hollow out + -ikos -ic]
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glyptology.See also: Gems
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