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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thin skin or film, such as an organic membrane or liquid film.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In entomology, the skin of the subimago of an ephemerid.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In botany, same as cortical layer (Which see, under cortical)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A thin skin or film.
  • noun (Chem.) A thin film formed on the surface of an evaporating solution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A thin skin or film.
  • noun Cuticle, the hard protective outer layer of certain life forms.
  • noun The skin of a mushroom cap.
  • noun The growth on the surface of a liquid culture.
  • noun The photosensitive emulsion of photographic film.
  • noun optics A thin plastic membrane used as a beam splitter or protective cover.
  • noun mycology the outermost layer of a mushroom, often used only for a surface that is viscid and easily peels off.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun thin protective membrane in some protozoa

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Latin pellicula, husk, diminutive of pellis, skin; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin pellicula from pellis ("skin").

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