[kal-suh-mahyn, -min]

noun, verb (used with object), kal·so·mined, kal·so·min·ing.


or kal·so·mine

[kal-suh-mahyn, -min]


a white or tinted wash for walls, ceilings, etc.

verb (used with object), cal·ci·mined, cal·ci·min·ing.

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 kalsomining

Historical Examples of kalsomining

  • It had never been papered, and the walls, with a little touching up, were ready for kalsomining.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires

    Walter Prichard Eaton

  • The artistic temperament is too high-strung to view such deviations from the natural laws of the art of kalsomining.

British Dictionary definitions for kalsomining


noun, verb

a variant of calcimine




a white or pale tinted wash for walls


(tr) to cover with calcimine

Word Origin for calcimine

C19: changed from Kalsomine, a trademark
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