Definition of anaglypta
: embossed wallpaper : a type of wallpaper that has a permanent raised design A textured paper called anaglypta was used to lend an 1890s aura to the hallway. — Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Dec. 1983 —often used before another noun Three coats of deep blue paint bring out the texture in the anaglypta wall covering. — Barbara Hertenstein, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 29 Apr. 2000 These Victorian and Edwardian houses often conceal the evidence of earlier tastes in decoration—contoured Anaglypta wallpaper, dark varnishes, here and there the piece of stained glass that must have added to the general gloom. — Alexander McCall Smith, Sunday Times (London), 27 Apr. 2008
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of anaglypta
earlier a trademark, borrowed from Latin, “vessels carved in low relief,” from neuter plural of anaglyptus “carved in low relief” — more at anaglyptic
First Known Use: 1887
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up anaglypta? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).