from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something false; a sham.
- n. A small hairpiece; a toupee.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any item of false hair worn on the head or face, such as a false beard or wig.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Superadded; done after the work is finished: noting a superadded ornament of sculpture or architecture, especially when inappropriate or in false taste. Also postique.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
- n. a covering or bunch of human or artificial hair used for disguise or adornment
Also: une mèche folle = a stray lock/wisp of hair une mèche rebelle = a wayward lock of hair une mèche lente = a safety fuse une mèche postiche = a hairpiece, toupee
I encountered a number of words new to me in an enigmatic post chez l'Eudæmoniste (chez whom there is nil postiche) that is either a riff on the word post itself or a gloomy meditation (or of course both).
You men wear your hats on your heads, and can easily get them straight; we don't, we wear them on our hair, or our scalpettes, or our transformations, or on any _postiche_ that may be fashionable or necessary, and can only tell whether they are straight, or even the right way round, by means of a looking-glass.
Fastidiousness, at any rate, is very good _postiche_ for modesty: it is always decent, it can never be coarse.
A metal false beard, or postiche, which was a sign of sovereignty, was worn by queens as well as kings ... a fashion existing from about 3000 to 1580 BC.
I have a fragment of their plaster postiche copying the close-grained Egyptian granite; the oily lustre of the quartz is so fresh and the peculiar structure of the rock, with its mica scintillations, so admirably rendered as to deceive, after two thousand years, the eye of a trained mineralogist.]