taille-douce

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

literally "soft-cutting"

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

taille-douce f (countable and uncountable, plural tailles-douces)

  1. (usually uncountable) line engraving, copper-plate engraving (a type of engraving on copper plates where the design is made up of a series of lines; its use was formerly common for postage stamps and paper currency)
  2. (countable) print made on a board engraved using this method

Usage notes[edit]

  • The French term is often used directly in English, where it should be italicized.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Douglas and Mary Patrick, The Musson Stamp Dictionary, Toronto, Musson Book Co., 1972, ISBN 0-7737-0006-4

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