gesso


ges·so

noun \ˈje-(ˌ)sō\
plural gessoes

Definition of GESSO

1
:  plaster of paris or gypsum prepared with glue for use in painting or making bas-reliefs
2
:  a paste prepared by mixing whiting with size or glue and spread upon a surface to fit it for painting or gilding
ges·soed \-(ˌ)sōd\ adjective

Origin of GESSO

Italian, literally, gypsum, from Latin gypsum
First Known Use: 1596

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