a print made from an engraved copper or steel plate on which the surface has been partially roughened, for shading, and partially scraped smooth, giving light areas. The technique was much used in the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries for the reproduction of paintings.
the technique or process of making mezzotints.
engrave (a picture) in mezzotint.
from Italian mezzotinto, from mezzo 'half' + tinto 'tint'