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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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  • The flowers last a long time in water, gradually becoming paler in color and papery in texture.

  • "No one can complain of papery ices here," said the Marchesa.

  • Stone lanterns, green with moss, peeped through clumps of papery bamboos where bronze storks were pretending to feed.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • It was of silky, papery fiber, as smooth to the touch as to the eye.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • These bundles are usually bound with a thin, papery sheath at the base, and set in spiral rows that wind around the twig.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Look along the twigs and you will find the needles arranged in bundles, with a papery, enclosing sheath at the base.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The coat of the inner ball is thin and papery, and opens by an apical mouth.

  • He took out his clasp knife, and after stripping off the papery outer shell, cut the onion into thick dewy slices.

    Great Possessions David Grayson
  • They grow from one to over two feet high, taller than the grasslike leaves, forming a loose cluster, with papery bracts.

British Dictionary definitions for papery


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