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vellum

[vel-uh m] /ˈvɛl əm/
noun
1.
calfskin, lambskin, kidskin, etc., treated for use as a writing surface.
2.
a manuscript or the like on vellum.
3.
a texture of paper or cloth resembling vellum.
adjective
4.
made of or resembling vellum.
5.
bound in vellum.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English velum, velim < Middle French ve(e)lin of a calf. See veal, -in1
Related forms
half-vellum, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for half-vellum

vellum

/ˈvɛləm/
noun
1.
a fine parchment prepared from the skin of a calf, kid, or lamb
2.
a work printed or written on vellum
3.
a creamy coloured heavy paper resembling vellum
adjective
4.
made of or resembling vellum
5.
(of a book) bound in vellum
Word Origin
C15: from Old French velin, from velin of a calf, from veelveal
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Word Origin and History for half-vellum

vellum

n.

early 15c., from Old French velin "parchment made from calfskin," from vel, veel "calf" (see veal).

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