One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or concerning carving or engraving.
- ‘In Naples, Sir William Hamilton collected an extraordinary range of vases, bronze and marble statuary, glass, gems, jewellery, and glyptic art.’
- ‘We are not talking imperishable masterpieces of the glyptic art.’
- ‘Pompadour was herself one of the few eighteenth-century practitioners of this glyptic art.’
- ‘These statues are generally unlike images in two-dimensional narrative art, whether political or religious, and they are also unlike images of deities or super-natural beings known primarily from the glyptic arts.’
Early 19th century: from French glyptique or Greek gluptikos, from gluptēs ‘carver’, from gluphein ‘carve’.
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