diptych

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noun dip·tych \ˈdip-(ˌ)tik\

Definition of diptych

  1. 1 :  a 2-leaved hinged tablet folding together to protect writing on its waxed surfaces

  2. 2 :  a picture or series of pictures (such as an altarpiece) painted or carved on two hinged tablets

  3. 3 :  a work made up of two matching parts

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Origin and Etymology of diptych

Late Latin diptycha, plural, from Greek, from neuter plural of diptychos folded in two, from di- + ptychē fold


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