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vellum

[vel-uh m] /ˈvɛl əm/
noun
1.
calfskin, lambskin, kidskin, etc., treated for use as a writing surface.
2.
a manuscript or the like on vellum.
3.
a texture of paper or cloth resembling vellum.
adjective
4.
made of or resembling vellum.
5.
bound in vellum.
Origin of vellum
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English velum, velim < Middle French ve(e)lin of a calf. See veal, -in1
Related forms
half-vellum, noun
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Examples from the Web for vellum
Historical Examples
  • Hubertine had taken up the shears to remodel one of the pieces of vellum.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • It was of parchment, much thinner than the others, which were of vellum.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Right under the 1748 of the parchment, stood on the vellum cover 1747.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The basis of the present translation is a MS. on vellum apparently of about the year 1200.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • He had a private printing-press, and did his own poems, on vellum.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Corners made of vellum or parchment are more durable than any leather.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
  • If there are vellum ends, they may be enriched with a little tooling.

  • With vellum ends there is a danger that the boards will be warped too much.

  • vellum bindings were even more affected than those of leather.

  • I say signature, because its position on the vellum suggested this idea.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for vellum

vellum

/ˈvɛləm/
noun
1.
a fine parchment prepared from the skin of a calf, kid, or lamb
2.
a work printed or written on vellum
3.
a creamy coloured heavy paper resembling vellum
adjective
4.
made of or resembling vellum
5.
(of a book) bound in vellum
Word Origin
C15: from Old French velin, from velin of a calf, from veelveal
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Word Origin and History for vellum
n.

early 15c., from Old French velin "parchment made from calfskin," from vel, veel "calf" (see veal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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