Keene's cement

noun

ˈkēnz-
: a hard-finish gypsum plaster to which alum has been added and which is used chiefly as a gauging plaster in lime mortar for walls (as of hospitals, stores, railroad stations) where an unusually tough and durable plaster is required

Word History

Etymology

after Richard W. Keene, 19th century English inventor

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“Keene's cement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Keene%27s%20cement. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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