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polyptych

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noun po·lyp·tych \ˈpä-ləp-ˌtik, pə-ˈlip-tik\

Definition of polyptych

  1. :  an arrangement of four or more panels (as of a painting) usually hinged and folding together



Origin of polyptych

Greek polyptychos having many folds, from poly- + ptychē fold, from ptyssein to fold


First Known Use: 1859



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