an·​a·​glyp·​ta | \ ˌa-nə-ˈglip-tə How to pronounce anaglypta (audio) \
variants: or Anaglypta

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

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First Known Use of anaglypta

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anaglypta

earlier a trademark, borrowed from Latin, “vessels carved in low relief,” from neuter plural of anaglyptus “carved in low relief”

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“Anaglypta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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