from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The art of engraving or carving, especially on precious stones; glyptography.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The art of carving or engraving.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The art of engraving on precious stones.
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- noun The art of
engravingon precious stones.
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- noun the art of engraving on precious stones
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The art of the lapidary, or science of glyptics, is a most interesting study, and it would be a mistake not to consider it for a few moments on its technical side.
Vasari speaks with characteristic enthusiasm of the glyptics of the Greeks, "whose works in that manner may be called divine."
Constantinople was the only place where glyptics were understood and practised upon large hard stones in the early
Theophilus on glyptics is too delightfully naïve for us to resist quoting his remarks.
Such are heraldry, or armorial science; glyptics, which deals with engraved stones; ceramics, or the study of pottery in all its epochs.
The same specialist in Oriental glyptics, says: "The efforts of some learned men to discover traces of a reciprocal influence have been fruitless.