a. A method of printing with etched plates or cylinders; intaglio printing.
a. A plate used in the process of gravure.
b. A reproduction produced by gravure.
[French, from graver, to engrave, from Middle French, from Old French, to part (the hair), of Frankish origin; see ghrebh-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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