a thin skin or membrane; film; scum.
Photography. a thin, partially reflective coating, as on a beam splitter or pellicle mirror.
Origin of pellicle
1535–45;Related formspel·lic·u·lar [puh-lik-yuh-ler] /pəˈlɪk yə lər/, pel·lic·u·late [puh-lik-yuh-lit, -leyt] /pəˈlɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/, adjective
< Latin pellicul(a
), equivalent to pelli(s
) skin + -cula -cle1
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Related Words for pellicleleather
Examples from the Web for pellicle
Historical Examples of pellicle
Milk so heated develops on its surface a pellicle or "skin."
Nuts are about average size for the species, of typical sweet flavor, and separate readily from the pellicle.
Broadview is vigorous, precocious, prolific, large with a pellicle too bitter for human consumption.
Pearl barley is the grain polished and rounded and deprived of husk and pellicle.
Having been thoroughly washed, I dissolve the pellicle in water by immersing the beaker containing it in the water bath.
British Dictionary definitions for pellicle
Derived Formspellicular (pɛˈlɪkjʊlə), adjective
a thin skin or film
the hard protective outer layer of certain protozoans, such as those of the genus Paramecium
- the thin outer layer of a mushroom cap
- a growth on the surface of a liquid culture
photog the thin layer of emulsion covering a plate, film, or paper
Word Origin for pellicle
C16: via French from Latin pellicula, from pellis skin
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Word Origin and History for pellicle
1540s, from Middle French pellicle (Modern French pellicule), from Latin pellicula "small or thin skin," diminutive of pellis "skin, leather, parchment, hide" (see film (n.)). Related: Pellicular.
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Related formspel•lic′u•lar (pə-lĭk′yə-lər) adj.
A thin skin or film on the surface of a liquid.
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