an·​i·​lox ˈa-nə-ˌläks How to pronounce anilox (audio)
: a system of printing that utilizes ceramic-coated metal cylinders to transfer consistent amounts of ink from a supply to the printing plates
often used before another noun
A measured amount of ink is deposited upon the surface of the printing plate (or cylinder) using an anilox roll. The surface rotates, contacting the print material, which transfers the ink.Howard Riell, Printing News, 10 Mar. 2008

Word History


former trademark of the International Printing Ink Division of the Interchemical Corporation, manufacturer of aniline inks

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anilox was in 1950

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“Anilox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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