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or kal·so·mine

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

Historical Examples of calcimine

  • Paint or calcimine the walls instead of papering them again.

    The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping

    Elizabeth Hale Gilman

  • Paint is preferable to whitewash or calcimine for the walls, since it is less affected by steam, and can be more readily cleaned.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg

  • Kalsomine, an incorrect form of calcimine, which see under Calcium.

  • There was no one in the room and the furniture and floors were covered with heavy canvas sheeting spattered with calcimine.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery

    Rebecca N. Porter

  • If he was tight-fisted wanst, he was as close now as calcimine on a rough-finished wall.

British Dictionary definitions for calcimine



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

C19: changed from Kalsomine, a trademark
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