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  1. a brand name for a synthetic material used as a substitute for clay or wax in modeling.
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  • There was plenty of plasticine among Lucy's toys; there was plenty of everything.

    The Magic City

    Edith Nesbit

  • They had collected fruits and seed-vessels, had studied animalculæ through the microscope, and modelled fungi in plasticine.

  • For wrapping we tried bicycle tape, waxed cord and cloth, with wax and plasticine for covering.

  • Palm trees were easily made—Helen had shown him how to do that—with bits of larch fastened to elder stems with plasticine.

    The Magic City

    Edith Nesbit

  • The whole saloon–no; Bicker, the man about town, refused his with a criticism, likening them to plasticine.

    The Bonadventure

    Edmund Blunden

British Dictionary definitions for plasticine


  1. trademark a soft coloured material used, esp by children, for modelling
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Word Origin and History for plasticine


modeling clay substitute, 1897, from plastic (adj.) + -ine (2).

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