- to paint in fresco.
Origin of fresco
1590–1600; < Italian: cool, fresh (< Gmc)
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- a very durable method of wall-painting using watercolours on wet plaster or, less properly, dry plaster (fresco secco), with a less durable result
- a painting done in this way
C16: from Italian: fresh plaster, coolness, from fresco (adj) fresh, cool, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for true-fresco
1590s, in fresco, literally "in fresh," with a sense of "painted on fresh mortar or plaster," from Italian fresco "cool, fresh," from Proto-Germanic *friskaz (see fresh (adj.1)).
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