celluloid

[ sel-yuh-loid ]
/ ˈsɛl yəˌlɔɪd /

noun

a tough, highly flammable substance consisting essentially of nitrocellulose and camphor: once used in the manufacture of motion-picture and x-ray film, it is now used in a limited line of other products, including guitar picks, musical instruments, and table tennis balls.
motion-picture film: He was an intense director and a scrupulous editor, famous for leaving piles of celluloid on the cutting-room floor.

adjective

Informal. of or involving motion pictures: a star of the stage who was never lured into the celluloid industry.

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Origin of celluloid

First recorded in 1870–75; cellul(ose) + -oid; formerly a trademark
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British Dictionary definitions for celluloid

celluloid
/ (ˈsɛljʊˌlɔɪd) /

noun

a flammable thermoplastic material consisting of cellulose nitrate mixed with a plasticizer, usually camphor: used in sheets, rods, and tubes for making a wide range of articles
  1. a cellulose derivative used for coating film
  2. one of the transparent sheets on which the constituent drawings of an animated film are prepared
  3. a transparent sheet used as an overlay in artwork
  4. cinema film
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