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  1. a transparent, paperlike product of viscose, impervious to moisture, germs, etc., used to wrap and package food, tobacco, etc.
  1. of, made of, or resembling cellophane.

Origin of cellophane

First recorded in 1910–15; formerly trademark
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British Dictionary definitions for cellophane


  1. trademark a flexible thin transparent sheeting made from wood pulp and used as a moisture-proof wrapping

Word Origin for Cellophane

C20: from cellulose + -phane
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Word Origin and History for cellophane

1912, trademark name for a flexible, transparent product made from regenerated cellulose, coined by the inventor, Swiss chemist Jacques E. Brandenberger (1872-1954), probably from cell(ulose) + o + phane, from Greek phainein "to appear" (see phantasm).

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