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[kal-suh-mahyn, -min]
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noun, verb (used with object), kal·so·mined, kal·so·min·ing.
  1. calcimine.


or kal·so·mine

[kal-suh-mahyn, -min]
  1. a white or tinted wash for walls, ceilings, etc.
verb (used with object), cal·ci·mined, cal·ci·min·ing.
  1. to wash or cover with calcimine.

Origin of calcimine

First recorded in 1860–65; calci- + (kalso)mine
Related formscal·ci·min·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for kalsomine

Historical Examples

  • But let me kalsomine you a little mental sketch to consider.

    Cabbages and Kings

    O. Henry

  • Sometimes, too, they kalsomine the face with an enamel, like that on a medival vase.

  • The town is certainly just recovering from a fresh coat of kalsomine.

  • Miss 'Rill came and helped her clean the place and kalsomine the walls and ceiling.

    Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

  • All but the kalsomine may be obtained in small jars and ready for use.

British Dictionary definitions for kalsomine


noun, verb
  1. a variant of calcimine



  1. a white or pale tinted wash for walls
  1. (tr) to cover with calcimine

Word Origin

C19: changed from Kalsomine, a trademark
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