mez·zo·tint (mĕtsō-tĭnt′, mĕdzō-, mĕzō-)
1. A method of engraving a copper or steel plate by scraping and burnishing areas to produce effects of light and shadow.
2. A print made from a plate engraved by mezzotint.
[Alteration of Italian mezzatinta, halftone : mezza, feminine of mezzo, half (from Latin medius; see MEDIUM) + tinta, tint, from feminine past participle of tingere, to tint (from Latin, to dye).]
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