Meaning of papier-mâché


Pronunciation: (pā"pur-mu-shā', -ma- Fr. pa-pyā-mä-shā'), [key]
— n.
  1. a substance made of pulped paper or paper pulp mixed with glue and other materials or of layers of paper glued and pressed together, molded when moist to form various articles, and becoming hard and strong when dry.
  1. made of papier-mâché.
  2. easily destroyed or discredited; false, pretentious, or illusory: a papier-mâché façade of friendship.
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