One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Painted, enameled, or lacquered tinplate used to make decorative domestic objects.as modifier ‘colorfully painted tole accessories’
- ‘Many of our other lawn and garden projects are also popular with tole painters, including our planter collection that consists of a garden wheelbarrow, plump little pig, and dairy cow planter.’
- ‘The wall design unfolded like a connect-the-dots drawing; it started with the tole tray and blue-and-white platter, then built up and out from there until a pleasing pattern developed.’
1940s: French tôle, ‘sheet iron’, from dialect taule ‘table’, from Latin tabula ‘flat board’.
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