One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Archaeology. A form of decoration in which additional pieces of the modelling material are cemented or glued to a figure as decoration.
2Ceramics. A technique of decorating pottery by dribbling slip from a thin tube or a spouted vessel; decoration applied by this technique. Now rare.
3A type of icing made from sugar and gelatin, often sculpted into intricate decorations.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Science. From French pastillage small figure made of sugar, technique of decorating pottery using a thin tube, piece of confectionery made of icing and imitating an object, form of decoration in which pieces of material are glued to a figure from pastille + -age.
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