Definition for DIP'TYCH

DIP'TYCH, n. [Gr. διπτυχος; δις and πτυσσω, πτυξω, to fold.]

A public register of the names of consuls, and other magistrates among pagans; and of bishops, martyrs, and others, among Christians; so called because it consisted of two leaves folded, but it sometimes contained three or more leaves. The sacred diptych was a double catalogue, in one of which were registered the names of the living, and in the other the names of the dead, which were to be rehearsed during the office. – Encyc.

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