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plaster of Paris (n.)

mid-15c.; originally it was made from the extensive gypsum deposits of Montmartre in Paris.

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Definitions of plaster of Paris from WordNet

plaster of Paris (n.)
any of several gypsum cements; a white powder (a form of calcium sulphate) that forms a paste when mixed with water and hardens into a solid; used in making molds and sculptures and casts for broken limbs;
Synonyms: plaster
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