An ancient Greek sculpture in which the head and arms and feet were made of marble or some other stone. Greek for "stone-ended." At first an acrolith was considered to be a wooden sculpture with marble extremities, and later, a limestone sculpture with such marble features. The adjectival form is acrolithic.

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  • Acrolith — Ac ro*lith, n. [L. acrolthus, Gr. akroli qos with the ends made of stone; a kros extreme + li qos stone.] (Arch. & Sculp.) A statue whose extremities are of stone, the trunk being generally of wood. Elmes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acrolith — [ak′rō lith΄] n. [L acrolithus < Gr akrolithos < akros (see ACRO ) + lithos, stone] in early Greek sculpture, a statue with stone head, hands, and feet, and a wooden trunk …   English World dictionary

  • Acrolith — In Classical antiquity, an acrolith (Greek etymology: acros and lithos , English translation: height or extremity and stone ) was a statue in which the trunk of the figure was made of wood, and the extremities (head, hands and feet) of marble.… …   Wikipedia

  • acrolith — acrolithic, adj. /ak reuh lith/, n. a sculptured figure having the head and extremities of stone and the torso of other material. [1840 50; < L acrolithus < Gk akrólithos. See ACRO , LITH] * * * ▪ sculpture       statue, especially ancient Greek …   Universalium

  • acrolith — noun An ancient Greek wooden statue with limbs and head of stone …   Wiktionary

  • acrolith — wooden statue with stone extremities Stones and Rocks …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • acrolith — ac·ro·lith …   English syllables

  • acrolith — /ˈækrəlɪθ/ (say akruhlith) noun a sculptured figure having only the head and extremities made of marble or other stone. {Latin acrolithus, from Greek akrolithos} –acrolithic /ækrəˈlɪθɪk/ (say akruh lithik), adjective …  

  • acrolith —   n. statue with wooden trunk and stone head and extremities …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • acrolith — ˈakrəˌlith noun ( s) Etymology: Latin acrolithus, from Greek akrolithos with ends of stone, from akr acr + lithos stone : an acrolithic statue …   Useful english dictionary

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