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papier-mâché (pāˈpər-məshāˈ), 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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A material used for model making composed principally of paper; prepared by pulping a mass of paper and adding glue, to produce a dough-like consistency, and molding it into a desired form.
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(literally “chewed paper”), an easily molded mass made from such fibrous materials as paper and cardboard, usually with the addition of glue, starch, or plaster of paris. Toys, teaching aids, molds, theatrical props, small chests, and boxes are made from papier-mâché. These articles are frequently painted, lacquered, or stamped.

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A material composed principally of paper; usually prepared by pulping a mass of paper (sometimes glue is added) to a dough-like consistency and molding to a desired form.
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