Gesso meaning

jĕs'ō
A preparation of plaster of Paris and glue used as a base for low relief or as a surface for painting.
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A surface of gesso.
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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.
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A mixture of plaster of Paris and glue used to prepare a surface for painting.
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Origin of gesso

  • Italian from Latin gypsum gypsum gypsum
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Borrowing from Italian gesso.
    From Wiktionary