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pellicle

[ pel-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈpɛl ɪ kəl /
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noun
a thin skin or membrane; film; scum.
Photography. a thin, partially reflective coating, as on a beam splitter or pellicle mirror.
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Origin of pellicle

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin pellicul(a), equivalent to pelli(s) “skin” + -cula noun suffix (see -cle1)

OTHER WORDS FROM pellicle

pel·lic·u·lar [puh-lik-yuh-ler], /pəˈlɪk yə lər/, pel·lic·u·late [puh-lik-yuh-lit, -leyt], /pəˈlɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pellicle

pellicle
/ (ˈpɛlɪkəl) /

noun
a thin skin or film
the hard protective outer layer of certain protozoans, such as those of the genus Paramecium
botany
  1. the thin outer layer of a mushroom cap
  2. a growth on the surface of a liquid culture
photog the thin layer of emulsion covering a plate, film, or paper

Derived forms of pellicle

pellicular (pɛˈlɪkjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for pellicle

C16: via French from Latin pellicula, from pellis skin
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Medical definitions for pellicle

pellicle
[ pĕlĭ-kəl ]

n.
A thin skin or film on the surface of a liquid.

Other words from pellicle

pel•licu•lar (pə-lĭkyə-lər) adj.
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