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pellicle

[pel-i-kuh l]
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noun
  1. a thin skin or membrane; film; scum.
  2. Photography. a thin, partially reflective coating, as on a beam splitter or pellicle mirror.
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Origin of pellicle

1535–45; < Latin pellicul(a), equivalent to pelli(s) skin + -cula -cle1
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
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Related Words

leatherwoolfurskinleafshellcoverhuskrindbarkshuckpellicleepicarpexocarppeelingfleecehidepeltcrustscale

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British Dictionary definitions for pellicle

pellicle

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

Word Origin

C16: via French from Latin pellicula, from pellis skin
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Word Origin and History for pellicle

n.

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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pellicle in Medicine

pellicle

(pĕlĭ-kəl)
n.
  1. A thin skin or film on the surface of a liquid.
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Related formspel•licu•lar (pə-lĭkyə-lər) adj.
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