like paper; thin or flimsy: the papery petals of the narcissus.

1620–30; paper + -y1

paperiness, noun Unabridged
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papery (ˈpeɪpərɪ)
like paper, esp in thinness, flimsiness, or dryness

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Example sentences
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.
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.
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