- like paper; thin or flimsy: the papery petals of the narcissus.
Origin of papery
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Examples from the Web for papery
What he calls a “papery palace of stories” sustains identity and ties Mufti to place.“Now we wonder why this has all gone so wrong.”
November 26, 2013
"No one can complain of papery ices here," said the Marchesa.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
The coat of the inner ball is thin and papery, and opens by an apical mouth.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
It was of silky, papery fiber, as smooth to the touch as to the eye.Diplomatic Days
Look along the twigs and you will find the needles arranged in bundles, with a papery, enclosing sheath at the base.
Soft pines shed the papery sheath of their leaf bundles before the leaves themselves begin to fall.
- like paper, esp in thinness, flimsiness, or dryness
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