vernis martin

or vernis Martin

[ ver-nee mahr-tan; French ver-nee mar-tan ]
/ vɛrˈni mɑrˈtæn; French vɛr ni marˈtɛ̃ /

noun

a finish for furniture, invented in France in the 18th century in imitation of Chinese lacquer.

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Origin of vernis martin

1875–80; <French: literally, Martin varnish, named after the brothers Martin, 18th-century French craftsmen
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