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gesso

play
noun ges·so \ˈje-(ˌ)sō\

Definition of gesso

plural

gessoes

  1. 1 :  plaster of paris or gypsum prepared with glue for use in painting or making bas-reliefs

  2. 2 :  a paste prepared by mixing whiting with size or glue and spread upon a surface to fit it for painting or gilding

gessoed

play \-(ˌ)sōd\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of gesso

Italian, literally, gypsum, from Latin gypsum


First Known Use: 1596


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