American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fine parchment made from calfskin, lambskin, or kidskin and used for the pages and binding of books.
- n. A work written or printed on this parchment.
- n. A heavy off-white fine-quality paper resembling this parchment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The skin of calves prepared for writing, printing, or painting by long exposure in a bath of lime and by repeated rubbings with a burnisher; also, the skin of goats or kids similarly prepared.
- n. A type of parchment paper made from the skin of a lamb, baby goat, or calf.
- n. A writing paper of very high quality.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A fine kind of parchment, usually made from calfskin, and rendered clear and white, -- used as for writing upon, and for binding books.
- n. fine parchment prepared from the skin of a young animal e.g. a calf or lamb
- n. a heavy creamy-colored paper resembling parchment
- From Old French velin (French vélin), from vel ("veal"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English velim, from Old French velin, from veel, calf; see veal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Among the highlights will be a striking leaf with gold script on blue vellum from the celebrated "Blue Qur'an" produced in North Africa or the Near East in the ninth-10th century (estimate: £ 200,000 - £ 300,000).”
“If whole generations -- whole cultures -- were enabled, by such artistry, to see their own illusions as artifacts in vellum (or celluloid, or CRT), much would have been accomplished.”
“They are all printed from large, clear type on a superior quality of flexible paper and bound in English vellum cloth, assorted colors, containing charming female heads lithographed in twelve colors, as inlays; the titles being stamped in harmonizing colors of ink or foil.”
“The fifty-eight pages are sewn in a single gathering and bound with a sheet of old vellum, which is now partially discolored from use.”
“The four corners of every book, however, should always be protected by leather or, better still, by vellum, which is a firmer material -- otherwise they will rapidly wear off, and the boards will break easily at their corners.”
“They imitated the old vellum so closely that it was even called vellum and is so known to this day.”
“When finished, the clean, shining, cream-colored skin was known as vellum,  or parchment.”
“Whilst they trust to your vain vellum, which is almost sure to sell”
“Though written in the ancient manner -- using goose-quill pens on 2-foot-tall sheets of polished calfskin called vellum -- the Bible also reflects contemporary times.”
“All the ancient manuscripts are either upon parchment, or vellum, which is calf-skin, and a great deal finer than the common parchment.”
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