cellophane

cellophane

[sel-uh-feyn]
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:
1910–15; formerly trademark

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Cellophane (ˈsɛləˌfeɪn)
 
n
trademark a flexible thin transparent sheeting made from wood pulp and used as a moisture-proof wrapping
 
[C20: from cellulose + -phane]

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