American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A thin skin or film, such as an organic membrane or liquid film.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little or thin skin; a cuticle; a film; a scum: as, the nacreous pellicle of some shells; the coaly pellicle of many fossil plants; the filmy pellicle or scum of infusions in which infusorial animalcules or microscopic fungi develop.
- n. In chem., a thin crust formed on the surface of saline solutions when evaporated to a certain degree. This pellicle consists of crystallized saline particles.
- n. In botany, same as cortical layer (Which see, under cortical)
- n. In entomology, the skin of the subimago of an ephemerid.
- n. A thin skin or film.
- n. Cuticle, the hard protective outer layer of certain life forms.
- n. The skin of a mushroom cap.
- n. The growth on the surface of a liquid culture.
- n. The photosensitive emulsion of photographic film.
- n. optics A thin plastic membrane used as a beam splitter or protective cover.
- n. mycology the outermost layer of a mushroom, often used only for a surface that is viscid and easily peels off.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A thin skin or film.
- n. (Chem.) A thin film formed on the surface of an evaporating solution.
- n. thin protective membrane in some protozoa
- From Latin pellicula from pellis ("skin"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Latin pellicula, husk, diminutive of pellis, skin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This inner skin is called the pellicle - sometimes it will come off along with the outer skin but if it doesn't just place the chestnut back in the boiling water and let it soak for a few minutes for it to soften.”
“The cap was covered with a sticky, skin-like layer, called the pellicle or cuticle, both terms having the same meaning.”
“Caseine is insoluble in water, but dissolves readily in alkalies; its solution is not coagulated by heat, but, on evaporation, becomes covered with a thin pellicle, which is renewed as often as it is removed.”
“Perhaps this bit of folk-lore was suggested by the shape of the pellicle, which is that of a heart.”
“The pellicle is the empty envelope of the Anthophora's egg; the louse is a Meloe-larva.”
“Then beneath this pellicle, which is so delicate that it can hardly bear the most cautious touch, we see a soft, white mass taking shape,”
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“That fermentation promotes the drying and loosens the silvery pellicle which is attached to the bean inside the parchment, and which cannot be entirely got rid of in any other way.”
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“But this "pellicle" of Professor Bastian is not mere structureless matter, any more than the "bioplast" of Professor Beale.”
“Professor Bastian is forced to go back of his infusorial forms and fungus-germs to a microscopical "pellicle," from which he admits they are”
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