[pel-i-kuh l] /ˈpɛl ɪ kəl/

a thin skin or membrane; film; scum.
Photography. a thin, partially reflective coating, as on a beam splitter or .
a thin skin or film
the hard protective outer layer of certain protozoans, such as those of the genus Paramecium

(photog) the thin layer of emulsion covering a plate, film, or paper

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.

pellicle pel·li·cle (pěl’ĭ-kəl)
A thin skin or film on the surface of a liquid.
pel·lic’u·lar (pə-lĭk’yə-lər) adj.


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