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papier mâché

Line breaks: pa¦pier mâché
Pronunciation: /papɪeɪ ˈmaʃeɪ
 
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Definition of papier mâché in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A malleable mixture of paper and glue, or paper, flour, and water, that becomes hard when dry, used to make boxes, trays, or ornaments: George was constructing a crocodile out of papier mâché [as modifier]: a papier mâché sculpture
More example sentences
  • In Birmingham, simple hand tools could be used to punch metal into a wide range of shapes; alloys could be used to imitate expensive gold and silver; papier mâché could be made to resemble fine japanned ware.
  • Dolls made of papier mâché, aluminium and copper blends, brass craft items from Hyderabad and Uttar Pradesh that could be used to decorate drawing or living rooms and front offices.
  • Unable to afford metal, and with plastic not yet in common use, he made his first legionnaires' helmets from papier mâché over clay moulds.

Origin

French, literally 'chewed paper'.

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