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vellum

[ vel-uhm ]
/ ˈvɛl əm /
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noun

calfskin, lambskin, kidskin, etc., treated for use as a writing surface.
a manuscript or the like on vellum.
a texture of paper or cloth resembling vellum.

adjective

made of or resembling vellum.
bound in vellum.

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Origin of vellum

1400–50; late Middle English velum, velim<Middle French ve(e)lin of a calf. See veal, -in1

OTHER WORDS FROM vellum

half-vellum, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vellum

vellum
/ (ˈvɛləm) /

noun

a fine parchment prepared from the skin of a calf, kid, or lamb
a work printed or written on vellum
a creamy coloured heavy paper resembling vellum

adjective

made of or resembling vellum
(of a book) bound in vellum

Word Origin for vellum

C15: from Old French velin, from velin of a calf, from veel veal
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