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A machine employing a glycerin-coated layer of gelatin in order to make copies of typed or written material.
tr.v. hec·to·graphed, hec·to·graph·ing, hec·to·graphs
To copy by means of a hectograph.

hec′to·graph′ic adj.
hec′to·graph′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˈhɛktəʊˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf)
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Also called: copygraph a process for copying type or manuscript from a glycerine-coated gelatine master to which the original has been transferred
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a machine using this process
hectographic adj
ˌhectoˈgraphically adv
hectography n


(ˈhɛk təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf)

1. a process or machine for making copies from a prepared gelatin surface to which the original document has been transferred.
2. to copy with a hectograph.
hec`to•graph′ic (-ˈgræf ɪk) adj.

hectograph, hektograph

a copy produced by hectography. Also called chromograph.
See also: Copying


An appliance that could be used to make multiple copies from pages that had been written with special hektograph ink.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hectograph - duplicator consisting of a gelatin plate from which ink can be taken to make a copy
copier, duplicator - apparatus that makes copies of typed, written or drawn material
collotype, collotype printing, photogelatin process - a photomechanical printing process that uses a glass plate with a gelatin surface that carries the image to be reproduced; can be used with one or more colors
Verb1.hectograph - copy on a duplicator; "hectograph the hand-outs"
re-create, copy - make a replica of; "copy that drawing"; "re-create a picture by Rembrandt"
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Teacher Blanche Morgan from Ochelata, Oklahoma reported that she hectographed a copy of the magazine's cover for each child to color and/or cut out.
During his lifetime, Steiner published only forty-one poems; Erich Fried circulated a hectographed selection, entitled Gestade, in 1947; and in 1950 the small Munich publishing house Willi Weismann prepared another selection, In Babylons Nischen, which because of financial difficulties never got beyond galley proofs.