a set of four or more panels with pictures, carvings, etc., often hinged for folding together, used as an altarpiece, etc.
Origin of polyptychClassical Greek polyptychos, having many folds ; from poly- (see poly-) + ptyx, a fold
A work consisting of four or more painted or carved panels that are hinged together.
Origin of polyptychFrom Late Latin polyptycha, registers, account books, from Greek poluptukha, from neuter pl. of poluptukhos, having many folds : polu-, poly- + ptukh&emacron;, fold; see diptych.
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