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underpainting

[uhn-der-peyn-ting] /ˈʌn dərˌpeɪn tɪŋ/
noun
1.
the first coat of paint, especially the initial painting on a canvas in which the major areas, tones, colors, and forms are indicated in mass.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; under- + painting
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British Dictionary definitions for under painting

underpainting

/ˈʌndəˌpeɪntɪŋ/
noun
1.
the first layer in a painting, indicating the design and main areas of light and shade
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