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goldbeater's skin

[ gohld-bee-terz ]
/ ˈgoʊldˌbi tərz /
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noun
the prepared outside membrane of the large intestine of the ox, used by goldbeaters to lay between the leaves of the metal while they beat it into gold leaf.
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Origin of goldbeater's skin

First recorded in 1700–10; gold + beater + 's1
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British Dictionary definitions for goldbeater's skin

goldbeater's skin
/ (ˈɡəʊldˌbiːtəz) /

noun
animal membrane used to separate sheets of gold that are being hammered into gold leaf
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