wood·​block | \ˈwu̇d-ˌbläk \

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wood-block adjective

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She made a woodblock print.

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From traditional woodblock prints and calligraphy to manga and digital butterflies, there's something for every taste. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 2018 Close at hand, one of Katsushika Hokusai’s historic woodblock prints of Mount Fuji is on display. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Kimono Refashioned: 1870s-Now!’ Review: Unfolding a Garment’s Long History," 16 Oct. 2018 Born in Puerto Rico and based in New York, Negron has long been inspired by the bright colors and sharp lines of comic books and Japanese woodblock prints. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Art includes oil paintings, watercolor paintings, acrylic, woodcuts, batiks, photography, and Japanese woodblock prints. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Library Hosting Reception For Latest Art Show," 21 June 2018 At downtown’s Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, housed in a stunning, early 20th century Georgian Revival structure, works run the gamut from Hudson River School paintings to Japanese woodblock prints. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 Her delicate yet detailed cuttings remind viewers of woodblock prints or etchings. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Made in the South using wood, metal, scissors," 3 Apr. 2018 In a woodblock, once In an early-Netherlandish world, He is shown with a crocodile, a unicorn, and a wobbly man With a tail and prehensile feet. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Giraffe," 14 Mar. 2018 The cross-fertilization of languages, cultures and ideas within the dynasty led to major advances in art and technology, like the invention of everything from gunpowder to woodblock printing. Brook Larmer, New York Times, "South Korea’s Most Dangerous Enemy: Demographics," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of woodblock

1837, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of woodblock

: a piece of wood that has a design cut into it and that is used for printing

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