marouflage [mahr-uh-flahzh, mahr-uh-flahzh] WORD ORIGIN noun a method of attaching a canvas to a wall through adhesion, accomplished by coating the surface with white lead mixed with oil. a cloth backing for openwork, as on a piece of furniture.

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  • Origin of marouflage 1880–85; French, equivalent to maroufl(er) to attach canvas with strong glue (derivative of maroufle strong glue, apparently a jocular use of maroufle rogue, akin to maraud; see maraud) + -age -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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