cel

or cell

[sel]
noun
  1. a transparent celluloid sheet on which a character, scene, etc., is drawn or painted and which constitutes one frame in the filming of an animated cartoon: may be overlapped for change of background or foreground.

Origin of cel

by shortening of celluloid
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cel

cell

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Word Origin and History for cel
n.

"celluloid sheet for an animated cartoon," from celluloid; became current by c.1990 when they became collectible.

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