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wall-hang

noun; compounding
Any type of artistic work, often a painting or poster, that is printed on a large sheet of paper and displayed openly through mounting on a wall. A poster, painting, portrait, or other wall decorations.
 
Often used in place of the term 'poster' or 'painting' to refer to decorative art pieces that are commonly displayed or hung on the walls of a home. The 'wall' is used to denote the medium on which the art pieces are mounted. The 'hang' denotes a common way in which these art pieces are displayed, although this does not necessarily limit 'wall-hangs' to only include hanging art. Rather, it is an all encompassing term that refers to any time of wall art. Most commonly used to refer to or in place of the term 'poster.'
Etymology : Hyphenated compound word formed from the roots 'wall' + 'hang'. Wall comes from the O.E. 'weall' for 'rampart.' Also, 'interior partition,' an Anglo-Frisian and Saxon borrowing from L. 'vallum.' Hang which is a fusion of the O.E. 'hon' for 'suspend' and O.E. 'hangian' for 'be suspended.'
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Last modified: 25 November 2008


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