goldbeater's skin


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goldbeater's skin

(ˈɡəʊldˌbiːtəz)
n
(Metallurgy) animal membrane used to separate sheets of gold that are being hammered into gold leaf
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His first collection, Goldbeater's Skin, opens with a poem, "Fatal Exception," that playfully probes narrative expectation and the powers of syntax to bend and shape reality.
Goldbeater's skin, for instance, is the outer membrane of a calf's intestine, used as a kind of parchment to beat gold to an "airy thinness," to quote the sixteenth-century John Donne.
Details of the use of cow intestines, or goldbeater's skins, were found in a document prepared for the US National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in 1922.