paste wash

1 of 2


: a very thin paste that is applied to the reverse side of leather to shrink and strengthen it, put on the backbone lining of a book to facilitate its removal before rebinding, and sponged on the surface of porous leather to improve the gold tooling


2 of 2

transitive verb

: to apply paste wash to

Word History



paste entry 1 + wash

Transitive verb

paste wash

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“Paste wash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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