One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small patterned stamp of a type associated with Neolithic cultures in Europe and also found widely in the Americas, thought to have been used to apply designs in paint to the human skin.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. From French pintadera and its etymon Spanish pintadera neolithic patterned stamp, originally of the type found in the Canary Islands from pintar + -adera (from classical Latin -āt̄ōria: see -atory).
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