polyptych
noun Etymology: Greek polyptychos having many folds, from poly- + ptychē fold, from ptyssein to fold Date: 1859 an arrangement of four or more panels (as of a painting) usually hinged and folding together

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  • polyptych — [päl′ip tik΄] n. [Gr polyptychos, having many folds < poly (see POLY ) + ptyx, a fold] a set of four or more panels with pictures, carvings, etc. often hinged for folding together, used as an altarpiece, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Polyptych — A polyptych (from the Greek polu many + ptychē fold ) generally refers to a painting (usually panel painting) which is divided into four or more sections, or panels. (The term diptych is used to describe a two part painting and the term triptych… …   Wikipedia

  • polyptych — ˈpälə̇pˌtik, pəˈlipt noun ( s) Etymology: Greek polyptychos with many folds, folded many times, from poly + ptychos (akin to Greek ptychē fold, layer) : an arrangement of four or more panels (as of a painting) usually hinged and folding together… …   Useful english dictionary

  • polyptych — /pol ip tik/, n. a work of art composed of several connected panels. Cf. diptych, pentaptych, triptych. [1855 60; special use of LL polyptychum < Gk polýptychon a register, roll, n. use of neut. of polýptychos having many folds. See POLY ,… …   Universalium

  • polyptych — noun A work consisting of multiple painted or carved panels joined together, often with hinges …   Wiktionary

  • Polyptych —    See Altarpiece …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

  • polyptych —    An altarpiece made up of more than three sections. (pr. pohl ip tik) …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • polyptych — [ pɒlɪptɪk] noun a painting, especially an altarpiece, consisting of more than three leaves or panels joined by hinges or folds. Origin C19: from late L. polyptycha (neut. plural) registers , from Gk poluptukhos having many folds …   English new terms dictionary

  • polyptych — po·lyp·tych …   English syllables

  • polyptych — pol•yp•tych [[t]ˈpɒl ɪp tɪk[/t]] n. fia a work of art composed of several connected panels • Etymology: 1855–60; poly + (di) ptych or (tri) ptych …   From formal English to slang

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