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cal·ci·minealso kal·so·mine (kăl′sə-mīn′)
Whitewash, or whitewash with zinc oxide or other pigments added, formerly used as a coating for plaster walls and ceilings.
[Originally a trademark.]
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calcimine(ˈkælsɪˌmaɪn; -mɪn) or
(Dyeing) a white or pale tinted wash for walls
(Dyeing) (tr) to cover with calcimine
[C19: changed from Kalsomine, a trademark]
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or kal•so•mine(ˈkæl səˌmaɪn, -mɪn)
n., v. -mined, -min•ing. n.
1. a white or tinted wash for walls, ceilings, etc.v.t.
2. to wash or cover with calcimine.
[1860–65; appar. calci- + -mine, of uncertain orig.]
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Past participle: calcimined
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A thin whitewash composed primarily of Paris white and water. It was sometimes used instead of the more expensive paint to cover walls and fences, and was said to prevent mites when painted on the inside of chicken houses.
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|Noun||1.||calcimine - a water-base paint containing zinc oxide and glue and coloring; used as a wash for walls and ceilings|
wash - a thin coat of water-base paint
water-base paint - paint in which water is used as the vehicle
|Verb||1.||calcimine - cover with calcimine; "calcimine the walls"|
whitewash - cover with whitewash; "whitewash walls"
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