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cellophane

[sel-uh-feyn] /ˈsɛl əˌfeɪn/
noun
1.
a transparent, paperlike product of viscose, impervious to moisture, germs, etc., used to wrap and package food, tobacco, etc.
adjective
2.
of, made of, or resembling cellophane.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; formerly trademark
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Cellophane

/ˈsɛləˌfeɪn/
noun
1.
trademark a flexible thin transparent sheeting made from wood pulp and used as a moisture-proof wrapping
Word Origin
C20: from cellulose + -phane
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Word Origin and History for cellophane
n.

1912, trademark name for a flexible, transparent product made from regenerated cellulose, coined by the inventor, Swiss chemist Jacques E. Brandenberger (1872-1954), probably from cell(ulose) + o + phane, from Greek phainein "to appear" (see phantasm).

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Encyclopedia Article for cellophane

regenerated cellulose extruded into thin, flat, transparent sheets. Extrusion through a small hole or spinneret produces a fibre, rayon. Highly impermeable to dry gases, grease, and bacteria, cellophane is used chiefly to package food and other perishables. It is frequently given a moisture-proof coating and is sometimes dyed.

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