Dictionary.com

pellicle

[ pel-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈpɛl ɪ kəl /
Save This Word!

noun

a thin skin or membrane; film; scum.
Photography. a thin, partially reflective coating, as on a beam splitter or pellicle mirror.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of pellicle

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin pellicul(a), equivalent to pelli(s) “skin” + -cula noun suffix (see -cle1)
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

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
pellicular (pɛˈlɪkjʊlə), adjective
C16: via French from Latin pellicula, from pellis skin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for pellicle

pellicle
[ pĕlĭ-kəl ]

n.

A thin skin or film on the surface of a liquid.
pel•licu•lar (pə-lĭkyə-lər) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Hate Typos? Get Grammar Coach