From the OED
Posted by Helen on June 19, 1998 at 13:51:47:
In response to Help! I think I have a name for it, but . . . , written by Woodhouse on June 19, 1998 at 12:03:26
... which proves you right...
pounce (_____), n.2
1. A fine powder, as pulverized sandarac or cuttle-shell, used to prevent the ink from spreading in writing over an erasure or on unsized paper, and also to prepare the surface of parchment to receive writing.
2. A fine powder, as powdered sandarac, pipeclay, or charcoal, dusted over a perforated pattern sheet to transfer the design to the object beneath; stamping-powder.
3. attrib. and Comb., as pounce-bag, -box, pattern, pot, powder;
- Heyer Laura W 01:36:00 6/28/98 (0)
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