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[in-ton-uh-koh, -taw-nuh-; Italian een-taw-nah-kaw] /ɪnˈtɒn əˌkoʊ, -ˈtɔ nə-; Italian inˈtɔ nɑ kɔ/
noun, plural intonacos Italian, intonaci
[een-taw-nah-chee] /inˈtɔ nɑ tʃi/ (Show IPA)
(formerly in fresco painting) the last and finest coat of plaster, usually applied in sections and painted while still damp with colors ground in water or a lime-water mixture.
Compare arriccio.
Origin of intonaco
1800-10; < Italian, noun derivative of intonacare to coat, equivalent to in- in-2 + Vulgar Latin *tunicāre, by construal of Latin tunicātus “wearing a tunic” as a ptp; see tunic, -ate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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