paillon

noun

pail·​lon
(ˈ)pī¦(y)ōⁿ,
(ˈ)pä¦yōⁿ
plural -s
: a thin sheet of usually fine metallic foil (as of silver or gold) used especially in enameling and gilding and often overlaid with a translucent material so as to form a decorative feature

Word History

Etymology

French, metallic foil, handful of straw, from paille

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“Paillon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paillon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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