from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An artist who engraves on wood.
  • noun In entomology, any one of several bark-beetles of the genus Xyleborus and allied genera; specifically, X. cælatus.


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  • A place thus seemed waiting for Albrecht Durer, the master wood-engraver.

    Great Artists, Vol 1. Raphael, Rubens, Murillo, and Durer

  • "Take care of your cough," he writes to his engraver, "lest you go to coughy-pot, as I said before; but I did _not_ say before, that nobody is so likely as a wood-engraver to cut his stick."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860

  • For some years the success of the Paris "Charivari" had attracted the attention of Mr. Ebenezer Landells, wood-engraver, draughtsman, and newspaper projector.

    The History of "Punch"

  • Orrin Smith the wood-engraver -- he who had previously tried to magnetise the idea of a "London Charivari" into life -- received many practical hints of the greatest artistic value.

    The History of "Punch"

  • Doyle and Leech lost, doubtless, much of their freedom by drawing with hard pencils upon box for the wood-engraver.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865

  • Thereupon Mr. Duncombe, M.P., upon the complaints of Mazzini, W.J. Linton (the well-known Chartist, and more distinguished wood-engraver), and others, that their letters had been secretly opened, charged Sir

    The History of "Punch"

  • A. A.ams, a wood-engraver of New York, who made casts (1839-41) from wood-cuts, some engravings being printed from electrotype plates in the latter year.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885

  • He is well known not only as an author, but as a critic and wood-engraver.

    Modern British Poetry

  • He is well known not only as an author, but as a critic and wood-engraver.

    Biographical Sketches

  • He had not fully recovered before he heard that W.J. Linton, the poet and wood-engraver, wished to sell a house and land at the very place: L1,500, and it could be his.

    The Life of John Ruskin


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  • "The wood-engraver may well feel dismayed to find himself described in the dictionary as 'a maker of woodcuts; a kind of boring insect.' If he wishes to differentiate sharply between himself and the beetle, whose method is presumably far longer-established than his own, he will refuse to bore, and keep his tool resolutely near the surface."

    "The Way of Wood Engraving" Dorothea Braby, Associate Member of the Society of Wood Engravers

    January 28, 2009