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Sticking plaster made of silk or other cloth with an adhesive such as isinglass.
- ‘She went with the rest but went with a court plaster across her nose.’
- ‘Lupe's dark hair and eyes and rich natural coloring were quite a contrast to Mary with her natural blonde hair and blue eyes, black court plasters near her dimples, and slight makeup.’
- ‘Next day at the council meeting, he sported court plasters on brow and beak.’
- ‘He had streaks of court plaster on his right cheek and shoulder.’
- ‘Adhesive material spread upon silk, muslin, or paper, makes adhesive and court plasters, of which the official Emplastrum Capsici and Emplastrum Ichthyocollae are examples.’
Late 18th century: so named because it was formerly used by ladies at court for beauty spots.
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