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vernis martin

[ver-nee mahr-tan; French ver-nee mar-tan] /vɛrˈni mɑrˈtæn; French vɛr ni marˈtɛ̃/
noun
1.
a finish for furniture, invented in France in the 18th century in imitation of Chinese lacquer.
Also, vernis Martin.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French: literally, Martin varnish, named after the brothers Martin, 18th-century French craftsmen
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