- calfskin, lambskin, kidskin, etc., treated for use as a writing surface.
- a manuscript or the like on vellum.
- a texture of paper or cloth resembling vellum.
- made of or resembling vellum.
- bound in vellum.
Origin of vellum
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Examples from the Web for vellum
Hubertine had taken up the shears to remodel one of the pieces of vellum.The Dream
Right under the 1748 of the parchment, stood on the vellum cover 1747.
It was of parchment, much thinner than the others, which were of vellum.
The basis of the present translation is a MS. on vellum apparently of about the year 1200.Y Gododin
He had a private printing-press, and did his own poems, on vellum.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
- a fine parchment prepared from the skin of a calf, kid, or lamb
- a work printed or written on vellum
- a creamy coloured heavy paper resembling vellum
- made of or resembling vellum
- (of a book) bound in vellum
C15: from Old French velin, from velin of a calf, from veel veal
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Word Origin and History for vellum
early 15c., from Old French velin "parchment made from calfskin," from vel, veel "calf" (see veal).
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