gesso

noun ges·so \ ˈje-(ˌ)sō \
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of gesso

plural gessoes
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

gessoed

play \ˈje-(ˌ)sōd\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of gesso

Italian, literally, gypsum, from Latin gypsum


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