scratch·​board | \ ˈskrach-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce scratchboard (audio) \

Definition of scratchboard

: a black-surfaced cardboard having an undercoat of white clay on which an effect resembling engraving is achieved by scratching away portions of the surface to produce white lines

Examples of scratchboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 152-page hardcover book traces the graphic artist's journey along the historic route through a series of black-and-white illustrations, created using a knife and coated scratchboard. Kristin Larson | Wwd,, "Louis Vuitton unveils ‘Route 66’ book featuring the artwork of Thomas Ott," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of scratchboard

circa 1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Scratchboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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