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[pey-puh-ree] /ˈpeɪ pə ri/
like paper; thin or flimsy:
the papery petals of the narcissus.
Origin of papery
1620-30; paper + -y1
Related forms
paperiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Their papery little wings keep them aloft so they can find a good place to germinate and make a new maple.
  • Pick when the papery husk is filled out with fruit and the husk begins to turn slightly brown.
  • These social insects construct hives by chewing wood into a papery construction pulp.
  • Hornets, close relatives of yellow jackets, live in nests that are sheathed in a papery covering and have a football shape.
  • Pull the loose papery skin off the garlic, keeping the head intact, and wrap it in a sheet of foil.
  • The cloves will be separated and the excess papery skin can be removed.
  • She washed the bodies bare-handed in methylene chloride, a volatile solvent that turned her hands papery and white.
  • It took a little more time to pick out the berries still covered with their papery sheaths.
  • It then began to register all over the place, from a gruff and husky whisper to a papery, plaintive bleat.
  • Yet as the novel progresses, its supporting characters take on a papery, predictable feel.
British Dictionary definitions for papery


like paper, esp in thinness, flimsiness, or dryness
Derived Forms
paperiness, noun
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