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veneer

noun     /vəˈnɪər/ US  /-ˈnɪr/
[C or U] a thin layer of decorative wood or plastic used to cover a cheaper material : The wardrobe is made of chipboard with a pine veneer.Coverings and layers [S] something that hides something unpleasant or unwanted : She managed to hide her corrupt dealings under a veneer of respectability .Hiding and disguising veneered     /-ˈnɪəd/ US  /-ˈnɪrd/ adjective a veneered bookcase / surface / table Carpentry and joinery
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