papier-mâché

papier-mâché

[pey-per-muh-shey, -ma-; French pa-pyey-mah-shey]
noun
1.
a substance made of pulped paper or paper pulp mixed with glue and other materials or of layers of paper glued and pressed together, molded when moist to form various articles, and becoming hard and strong when dry.
adjective
2.
made of papier-mâché.
3.
easily destroyed or discredited; false, pretentious, or illusory: a papier-mâché façade of friendship.


Origin:
1745–55; < French: literally, chewed paper

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papier-mâché (ˌpæpjeɪˈmæʃeɪ, French papjemɑʃe)
 
n
1.  a hard strong substance suitable for painting on, made of paper pulp or layers of paper mixed with paste, size, etc, and moulded when moist
 
adj
2.  made of papier-mâché
 
[C18: from French, literally: chewed paper]

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papier-mache
1753, from Fr. papier-mâché, lit. "chewed paper," from O.Fr. papier "paper" + mâché "compressed, mashed," from pp. of mâcher, lit. "to chew," from L.L. masticare "masticate."
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