gesso definition by Webster's New World
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plaster of Paris (or, now, chalk) mixed with glue and applied to flat or carved surfaces or as bas-reliefs, etc. and then painted, gilded, etc.
Origin: Italian gypsum, chalk ; from Classical Latin gypsum, gypsum
gesso definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ges·soes
- A preparation of plaster of Paris and glue used as a base for low relief or as a surface for painting.
- A surface of gesso.
Origin: Italian, from Latin gypsum, gypsum; see gypsum.
- gesˈsoed adjective