deckle-edge

deckle edge

noun
the irregular, untrimmed edge of handmade paper, often used for ornamental effect in fine books and stationery, now often produced artificially on machine-made paper.
Also called deckle.


Origin:
1870–75

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deckle edge
 
n
1.  the rough edge of handmade paper, caused by pulp seeping between the mould and the deckle: often left as ornamentation in fine books and writing papers
2.  a trimmed edge imitating this
 
'deckle-'edged
 
adj

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