pos·tiche (pô-stēsh, pŏ-)
1. Something false; a sham.
2. A small hairpiece; a toupee.
[French, from Italian posticcio, from posto, added (from Latin positus, past participle of pōnere, to place) or from Vulgar Latin *appostīcius (alteration of Latin appositus, past participle of appōnere, to place by, to add : ad-, ad- + pōnere, to place; see apo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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