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papier-mâché

papier-mâché (pāˈpər-məshāˈ) [key], art material made of paper strips soaked in a binder of starch or flour paste; it dries into a firm, hard substance. Papier-mâché is widely used in the production of decorative objects and sculptures of great lightness, delicacy, and strength.

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