One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of waterproof facing or substance used in upholstery, bookbinding, etc.; (hence also) imitation leather or other waterproof material.
Made of pegamoid. Also figurative: impassive, impervious, not susceptible to emotion.
Late 19th century. Origin uncertain; perhaps from the name of the PegamoidCo., although it is unclear whether the company may not have been named after the material; for the further etymology perhaps compare Spanish pegamento glue, adhesive, or ancient Greek πηγνύναι to fix, fasten.
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