onionskin

[ uhn-yuh n-skin ]
/ ˈʌn yənˌskɪn /

noun

a thin, lightweight, translucent, glazed paper, used especially for making carbon copies.

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Origin of onionskin

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; onion + skin
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Example sentences from the Web for onionskin

  • She picked a sheet of onionskin paper out of her bag and handed it to me.

    The Knights of Arthur|Frederik Pohl

British Dictionary definitions for onionskin

onionskin
/ (ˈʌnjənˌskɪn) /

noun

a glazed translucent paper
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