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plaster of Paris

or plaster of paris

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noun
  1. calcined gypsum in white, powdery form, used as a base for gypsum plasters, as an additive of lime plasters, and as a material for making fine and ornamental casts: characterized by its ability to set rapidly when mixed with water.
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Origin of plaster of Paris

1375–1425; late Middle English; so called because prepared from the gypsum of Paris, France
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Examples from the Web for plaster of paris

Historical Examples

  • “Now fetch that bag of plaster-of-Paris from the tool-house,” said the Colonel.

    Sappers and Miners

    George Manville Fenn

  • All about her were statues and plaster-of-paris reproductions of masterpieces.

    The Magic Curtain

    Roy J. Snell

  • Dr. Dion, a fine surgeon, set it, and placed my foot in plaster-of-paris.

    Bolax

    Josephine Culpeper

  • Hitched in front of it were eight tiny reindeer, made of plaster-of-paris, properly colored.

  • The concussion threw me to the floor, covering me with lime and plaster-of-paris from the walls and ceiling.

    S.O.S. Stand to!

    Reginald Grant


British Dictionary definitions for plaster of paris

plaster of Paris

noun
  1. a white powder that sets to a hard solid when mixed with water, used for making sculptures and casts, as an additive for lime plasters, and for making casts for setting broken limbs. It is usually the hemihydrate of calcium sulphate, 2CaSO 4 .H 2 O
  2. the hard plaster produced when this powder is mixed with water: a fully hydrated form of calcium sulphate
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Sometimes shortened to: plaster

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin plastrum parisiense, originally made from the gypsum of Paris
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Word Origin and History for plaster of paris

plaster of Paris

n.

mid-15c.; originally it was made from the extensive gypsum deposits of Montmartre in Paris.

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plaster of paris in Medicine

plaster of Paris

(părĭs)
n.
  1. Any of a group of gypsum cements, essentially hemihydrated calcium sulfate, a white powder that forms a paste when mixed with water and hardens into a solid, used in making casts and molds.
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plaster of paris in Science

plaster of Paris

[plăstər]
  1. A form of calcium phosphate derived from gypsum. It is mixed with water to make casts and molds.
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