from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of calcimine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Whitewash, an inexpensive form of white paint that is simple to compound and is used on wooden surfaces such as picket fences or park benches as well as plaster surfaces.
  • v. To apply kalsomine to a surface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Same as calcimine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A common but incorrect form of calcimine.


From Latin calcis, genitive of calx ("lime") (Wiktionary)


  • Miss 'Rill came and helped her clean the place and kalsomine the walls and ceiling.

    Janice Day at Poketown

  • The freshness of the clean, scarcely-dried, kalsomine, the faint tinge of smoke from the bit of fire, the delicious soapy cleanliness and a wholesome whiff of barley broth floated out into the dusty hallway to the little person on the stairs.

    Little Miss By-The-Day

  • She feverishly grabbed a brush herself and slashed about delightedly in kalsomine.

    Little Miss By-The-Day

  • Can't you see Dulcie buying the bags of creamy kalsomine and the brushes and

    Little Miss By-The-Day

  • At the last house cleaning I had persuaded her to let me have a warm buff kalsomine on the walls instead of the brightly medallioned paper she had in mind, and a plain brown grass rug in exchange for the bright green leaves and pink flowers of the tapestry, which fitted the measure of her purse.

    Aleta Dey

  • ` ` That girl with the kalsomine on her face made remarks about folks butting in.

    Jean of the Lazy A

  • Great activity prevails in this household; I am moved to brush up my dear old home a little, so I have bought some kalsomine, and every minute which can be spared from getting in the hay Jim is kalsomining.

    A Woman Rice Planter

  • They did allow him to kalsomine the ceilings and hang the wall paper; but they painted the floors and the lower reaches of woodwork themselves.

    Just Patty

  • But let me kalsomine you a little mental sketch to consider.

    Cabbages and Kings

  • He rented a nice four-room cottage there, with an icebox out on the back porch and a hammock in the front yard, and begun to paper and paint and grain and kalsomine and made good money from the start.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

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  • Also calcimine. :-)

    October 23, 2009

  • "The walls and ceiling of the little hall were lined with tongue-and-groove boards that had been, mistakenly, coated with kalsomine."
    —Peter Carey, Illywhacker, 296

    April 16, 2009