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noun mez·zo·tint \ˈmet-sō-ˌtint, ˈmed-zō-\

Definition of mezzotint

  1. 1 :  a manner of engraving on copper or steel by scraping or burnishing a roughened surface to produce light and shade

  2. 2 :  an engraving produced by mezzotint

Origin and Etymology of mezzotint

modification of Italian mezzatinta, from mezza (feminine of mezzo) + tinta tint

First Known Use: 1800

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