vellum

[vel-uhm]
noun
1.
calfskin, lambskin, kidskin, etc., treated for use as a writing surface.
2.
a manuscript or the like on vellum.
3.
a texture of paper or cloth resembling vellum.
adjective
4.
made of or resembling vellum.
5.
bound in vellum.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English velum, velim < Middle French ve(e)lin of a calf. See veal, -in1

half-vellum, noun
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vellum (ˈvɛləm)
 
n
1.  a fine parchment prepared from the skin of a calf, kid, or lamb
2.  a work printed or written on vellum
3.  a creamy coloured heavy paper resembling vellum
 
adj
4.  made of or resembling vellum
5.  (of a book) bound in vellum
 
[C15: from Old French velin, from velin of a calf, from veelveal]

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vellum
c.1430, from O.Fr. velin "parchment made from calfskin," from vel, veel "calf" (see veal).
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Example sentences
Cut pages are overlaid with vellum to create festive optical illusions.
White bags and vellum stars make festive outdoor lanterns.
Use a star stencil and colored vellum to make red and blue stars.
When the printing press was invented, many monks mourned the decline of vellum
  and the loss of the illuminator's art.
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