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Meaning of gesso

ges•so

Pronunciation: (jes'ō), [key]
— pl. -soes.
  1. gypsum or plaster of Paris prepared with glue for use as a surface for painting.
  2. any plasterlike preparation to prepare a surface for painting, gilding, etc.
  3. a prepared surface of plaster or plasterlike material for painting, gilding, etc.
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