from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Bright metal foil, used in decorative art to show through a thickness of enamel or painting to alter its color or give it brilliancy; by extension, gilding applied upon a surface, as of wood, papier-maché, etc., upon which painting is to be done in translucent colors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A thin leaf of metal, as for use in gilding or enameling, or to show through a translucent medium.


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  • I listen to this rural idyll, and it takes suddenly a specialized and technical character: "That's why he makes a paillon.

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