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  1. having a heavy impasto.
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Origin of pastose

First recorded in 1775–85, pastose is from the Italian word pastoso doughy. See paste, -ose1
Related formspas·tos·i·ty [pa-stos-i-tee] /pæˈstɒs ɪ ti/, noun
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Examples from the Web for pastose

Historical Examples of pastose

  • His flesh, less clear than it afterwards became, is pastose and burnished.

    The Standard Galleries - Holland

    Esther Singleton

  • His flesh, less clear than it afterwards becomes, is pastose and burnished.

  • Taddeo was very bold in his work, and had a manner passing soft and pastose, and very far removed from the hardness often seen.