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[pol-uh-theen] /ˈpɒl əˌθin/
noun, Chemistry, British
Origin of polythene
1935-40; by shortening Unabridged
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  • Instead, little white markers cut out of polythene bags are still planted along the narrow rubble lane to the cemetery.
  • These people are still using plastic polythene bags to take away the foods and eatables.
  • The environmentally friendly version of polythene might not be so friendly after all.
  • Most of our students carry their books in polythene bags.
  • Install polythene sheet as cleavage membrane in depressed slab when waterproof membrane is not scheduled or indicated.
British Dictionary definitions for polythene


any one of various light thermoplastic materials made from ethylene with properties depending on the molecular weight of the polymer. The common forms are a waxy flexible plastic (low-density polythene) and a tougher rigid more crystalline form (high-density polythene). Polythene is used for packaging, moulded articles, pipes and tubing, insulation, textiles, and coatings on metal Systematic name polyethene Also called polyethylene
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