deckle edge

noun
  1. the irregular, untrimmed edge of handmade paper, often used for ornamental effect in fine books and stationery, now often produced artificially on machine-made paper.

Origin of deckle edge

First recorded in 1870–75
Also called deckle.
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British Dictionary definitions for deckle edge

deckle edge

noun
  1. the rough edge of handmade paper, caused by pulp seeping between the mould and the deckle: often left as ornamentation in fine books and writing papers
  2. a trimmed edge imitating this
Derived Formsdeckle-edged, adjective
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