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  1. An ancient, hinged writing tablet consisting of two tablets of wood, ivory, or metal covered with wax on the inside surface, on which writing was done with a stylus.
  2. Also, a picture or design painted or carved on the inside surfaces of two hinged tablets. In medieval Europe, paintings, designs, or carvings were also made on the inside of three tablets, called a triptych, hinged in such a way that the outer two could be folded over the central one.
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