Etymology
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matte (n.1)

"backing for a picture," 1845, from French; see mat (n.2).

matte (n.2)

in metallurgy, "impure and unfinished product of the smelting of copper or other ores," 1839, from French matte, from the adjective meaning "dull, dim" (see mat (adj.)).

updated on December 05, 2018

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