de·​cal·​co·​ma·​nia di-ˌkal-kə-ˈmā-nē-ə How to pronounce decalcomania (audio)
: the art or process of transferring pictures and designs from specially prepared paper (as to glass)
: decal

Examples of decalcomania in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To bring her surrealist works to life, British artist Ithell Colquhoun employed techniques ranging from fumage to decalcomania, entopic graphomania and parsemage. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 17 July 2019

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Word History


borrowed from French décalcomanie, from décalquer "to trace, transfer by tracing" (from dé- de- + calquer "to trace, copy") + -o- -o- + -manie -mania, after potichomanie "the art of imitating painted porcelain ware," earlier presumably "craze for vases imitating Chinese porcelain," compound with potiche "rounded or polygonal vase with a separate cover, originally one made in China" — more at calque

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of decalcomania was in 1864

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“Decalcomania.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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