wood·​block | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌbläk How to pronounce woodblock (audio) \

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wood-block adjective

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She made a woodblock print.
Recent Examples on the Web Japonisme,’’ a craze for all things Japanese, was the result, and the Western vogue for woodblock prints was a big part of it. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Excellent Japanese print show at Allen Memorial Art Museum will be on extended view when Oberlin College reopens," 31 May 2020 Make your own woodblock print at the tiny Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, which feels more like a house and contains historic artworks, plus workshops on the top floor. Danielle Demetriou, Condé Nast Traveler, "Louis Vuitton Has Opened Its First Restaurant in Osaka," 12 May 2020 Many Japanese woodblock prints depict a tanuki kneading its testes into the shape of various objects, such as raincoats or fishing nets. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "There Are No Losers in the Animal Crossing Economy," 15 Apr. 2020 Early 19th-century woodblock prints of bathing testify to Japan’s old and admirable cult of cleanliness. The Economist, "Banyan Japan may have to cancel the Olympics," 7 Mar. 2020 Meet the artists and learn about their processes for woodblocks, etchings, letterpress, papermaking, screenprints, monoprints, lithographs and more. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Nov. 4-10," 4 Nov. 2019 Several of our paintings, art photographs and our 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints were kept for the shoot. Helene Stapinski, New York Times, "What It’s Like to Watch TV Replicate Your Home," 15 Nov. 2019 The third is funny, with woodblocks and even a typewriter. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "‘Drum Circles’ to make Hartford debut when Percussion Collective performs with HSO," 6 Nov. 2019 These motifs are printed on a single piece of paper using woodblocks and then hand-colored using stencils. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Baptism by Fire: How Antoinette Poisson Came to Create Textiles for Gucci’s Resort Collection," 20 June 2018

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jun 2020

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“Woodblock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodblock. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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