|1.||the skin of certain animals, such as sheep, treated to form a durable material, as for bookbinding, or (esp formerly) manuscripts|
|2.||a manuscript, bookbinding, etc, made of or resembling this material|
|3.||a type of stiff yellowish paper resembling parchment|
|[C13: from Old French parchemin, via Latin from Greek pergamēnē, from Pergamēnos of Pergamum (where parchment was made); the form of Old French parchemin was influenced by parche leather, from Latin Parthica (pellis) Parthian (leather)]|
a skin prepared for writing on; so called from Pergamos (q.v.), where this was first done (2 Tim. 4:13).