noun[mass noun] British
An artificial stone claimed to have greater resistance to frost and heat than natural stone, formerly much used for statues, decorative work, etc.
- The elegant Georgian houses have distinctive doorways decorated with Coade stone, a tough, resilient artificial stone manufactured in Lambeth.
- The end facade has a niche with a marble putto, and above, the royal coat of arms in Coade stone.
- Monuments in Coade stone survive in many English churches, including those to Capability Brown and his children at Fenstanton (Huntingdonshire).
From the name of the family whose company manufactured the stone.
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