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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Gesso  \Ges"so\,  n.  [It.,  chalk,  plaster.] 
  1.  Plaster  of  Paris,  or  gypsum,  esp.  as  prepared  for  use  in 
  painting,  or  in  making  bas-reliefs  and  the  like  by 
  extension,  a  plasterlike  or  pasty  material  spread  upon  a 
  surface  to  fit  it  for  painting  or  gilding,  or  a  surface  so 
  2.  A  work  of  art  done  in  gesso.  [Obs.]