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marouflage

[ mahr-uh-flahzh, mahr-uh-flahzh ]
/ ˈmɑr əˌflɑʒ, ˌmɑr əˈflɑʒ /
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noun

a method of attaching a canvas to a wall through adhesion, accomplished by coating the surface with white lead mixed with oil.
a cloth backing for openwork, as on a piece of furniture.

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Origin of marouflage

1880–85; <French, equivalent to maroufl(er) to attach canvas with strong glue (derivative of maroufle strong glue, apparently a jocular use of maroufle rogue, akin to maraud;see maraud) + -age-age
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