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An early 18th-century mezzotint by George White of Erasmus Smith (baptised 1611; died 1691), an English merchant, landowner and philanthropist in the field of education

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Borrowed Italian mezzatinta (literally half dye).


mezzotint (plural mezzotints)

  1. A form of intaglio etching in which a metal plate is roughened evenly and then smoothed to bring out an image.
    Coordinate term: aquatint
    Hypernyms: etching, intaglio
  2. An etching or print made using this method.


mezzotint (third-person singular simple present mezzotints, present participle mezzotinting, simple past and past participle mezzotinted)

  1. To make such etchings

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