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diptych (plural diptychs)
- A writing tablet consisting of two leaves of rigid material connected by hinges and shutting together so as to protect the writing within.
- (art) A picture or series of pictures painted on two tablets, usually connected by hinges.
- A double catalogue, containing in one part the names of living, and in the other of deceased, ecclesiastics and benefactors of the church.
- A catalogue of saints.
- Artistically-wrought tablets distributed by consuls, etc. of the later Roman Empire to commemorate their tenure of office; hence transferred to a list of magistrates
- a. a literary work consisting of two contrasting parts (as a narrative telling the same story from two opposing points of view) "a diptych, a pastoral in which the author narrates the birth of Christ ... first as it has impressed the rich countryman Asveer, then as it has been seen by the skeptic Nicodemus" -- François Closset b. any work made up of two matching parts treating complementary or contrasting pictorial phases of one general topic "the first volume of a diptych Vegetation and Flora of the Sonoran Desert" -- F.E. Egler
- (art): polyptych
writing tablet consisting of two leaves of rigid material
picture or series of pictures painted on two tablets
double catalogue of ecclesiastics and benefactors of the church
catalogue of saints
tablets distributed by consuls