a thin skin or membrane; film; scum.
Photography. a thin, partially reflective coating, as on a beam splitter or pellicle mirror.

1535–45; < Latin pellicul(a), equivalent to pelli(s) skin + -cula -cle1

pellicular [puh-lik-yuh-ler] , pelliculate [puh-lik-yuh-lit, -leyt] , adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To pellicle
World English Dictionary
pellicle (ˈpɛlɪkəl)
1.  a thin skin or film
2.  the hard protective outer layer of certain protozoans, such as those of the genus Paramecium
3.  botany
 a.  the thin outer layer of a mushroom cap
 b.  a growth on the surface of a liquid culture
4.  photog the thin layer of emulsion covering a plate, film, or paper
[C16: via French from Latin pellicula, from pellis skin]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

pellicle pel·li·cle (pěl'ĭ-kəl)
A thin skin or film on the surface of a liquid.

pel·lic'u·lar (pə-lĭk'yə-lər) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
When he damaged the semi-transparent pellicle mirror inside his camera with cleaning fluid, he went for broke.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature