papier-mâché

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Borrowed from French papier mâché (literally chewed-up paper). See French papier and mâcher, related to the English words paper and masticate, respectively.

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papier-mâché (uncountable)

  1. Torn-up paper and other possible materials mixed with paste or glue used to create, when the mass is dried, a durable sculptural object.
    • 2002, Zadie Smith, The Autograph Man, Penguin Books (2003), page 236:
      She sat completely alone at the very back of the sea-themed restaurant, amid papier-mâché starfish and plastic shrimp.

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