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papier-mache (n.)

also papier mache, material prepared from paper pulped to a doughy consistence, 1753, from French papier-mâché, literally "chewed paper," from Old French papier "paper" (see paper (n.)) + mâché "compressed, mashed," from past participle of mâcher, literally "to chew," from Late Latin masticare "to chew" (see mastication).

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Definitions of papier-mache

papier-mache (n.)
a substance made from paper pulp that can be molded when wet and painted when dry;
Synonyms: paper-mache
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