One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Paper made on a wire-gauze mesh so as to have a uniform unlined surface.Compare with laid paper
- ‘Laid paper is formed on a surface made from thin parallel wires held together every inch or so by chain wires whilst wove paper is formed on a woven wire cloth.’
- ‘If the print is on a thick wove paper, it is most probably a nineteenth century edition.’
- ‘There he created a new form of paper mold, producing wove paper, the continued refinement of which was crucial to the evolution of watercolor painting in Britain.’
Early 19th century: wove, variant of woven.
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