crystoleum

noun
crys·​to·​le·​um | \ kriˈstōlēəm \
plural -s

Definition of crystoleum

: an obsolete process in which a photograph was transferred to glass, the paper backing removed, and the image layer colored by the application of colors to the back

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!

First Known Use of crystoleum

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crystoleum

crystal + Latin oleum oil

Learn More About crystoleum

Time Traveler for crystoleum

Time Traveler

The first known use of crystoleum was in 1882

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near crystoleum

crystalwort

crystoleum

crystosphene

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for crystoleum

Cite this Entry

“Crystoleum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crystoleum. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!