One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
A solid transparent plastic made of polymethyl methacrylate (the same material as Perspex or Lucite)‘panels of light-filtering Plexiglas’as modifier ‘the smart Plexiglas cases of the contemporary art museum’
- ‘Although resembling a stone structure from the outside, from the interior the pyramid is seen to be constructed of translucent plexiglas panels over a wood framework.’
- ‘The door to the small plexiglas room was opened.’
- ‘The abstract plexiglas etchings are composed of straight-edged shapes.’
- ‘Investigators have analyzed videos of vampire bats charging down plexiglas runways, and learned that they have evolved a novel running gait.’
- ‘Special earplugs, plexiglas screens, and alternate seating arrangements are among the possible solutions.’
1930s: from Greek plēxis ‘percussion’ + glass.
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