de·​cal·​co·​ma·​nia | \ di-ˌkal-kə-ˈmā-nē-ə How to pronounce decalcomania (audio) \

Definition of decalcomania

1 : the art or process of transferring pictures and designs from specially prepared paper (as to glass)
2 : 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, "Tate Acquires Archive of Works by Little-Known Surrealist Ithell Colquhoun," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of decalcomania

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decalcomania

French décalcomanie, from décalquer to copy by tracing (from dé- de- + calquer to trace, from Italian calcare, literally, to tread, from Latin) + manie mania, from Late Latin mania — more at caulk

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“Decalcomania.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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