[pey-per-muh-shey, -ma-; French pa-pyey-mah-shey]
- a substance made of pulped paper or paper pulp mixed with glue and other materials or of layers of paper glued and pressed together, molded when moist to form various articles, and becoming hard and strong when dry.
- made of papier-mâché.
- easily destroyed or discredited; false, pretentious, or illusory: a papier-mâché façade of friendship.
Origin of papier-mâché
1745–55; < French: literally, chewed paper
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Examples from the Web for papier-mache
Why, look at our two others yonder: they have papier-mache faces, too!Fruitfulness
"I don't hold with any make of papier-mache wheel," the Mogul insisted.The Day's Work, Volume 1
But we havent so much as a papier-mache Easter chick, objected Louise.Winona of the Camp Fire
Then came floats with papier-mache figures caricaturing political events in the history of the Republic.Francisco Our Little Argentine Cousin
Eva Cannon Brooks
As she hung her wrap in the corner of her room, her eye fell upon the papier-mache lunch box.The Secret Mark
Roy J. Snell
- a hard strong substance suitable for painting on, made of paper pulp or layers of paper mixed with paste, size, etc, and moulded when moist
- made of papier-mâché
C18: from French, literally: chewed paper
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Word Origin and History for papier-mache
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