anaglypta

noun an·a·glyp·ta \ ˌa-nə-ˈglip-tə \
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 ShowleySan Diego Union-Tribune11 Dec. 1983
often used before another noun
  • Three coats of deep blue paint bring out the texture in the anaglypta wall covering.
  • —Barbara HertensteinSt. Louis Post-Dispatch29 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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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”


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