One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thin transparent wrapping material made from viscose.as modifier ‘a cellophane bag’
- ‘Plastic bags can be a suffocation danger for babies and small children and wrapping paper and cellophane are easy to slip on.’
- ‘Cover with large piece of cellophane or tissue paper and add a bow if you wish.’
- ‘In between, pinned to the wall, was a silk scarf wrapped in cellophane.’
- ‘His skin resembles bronze cellophane stretched taut over polished marble.’
- ‘They had lots of white silk shirts packaged in cellophane.’
Early 20th century: from cellulose + -phane, from diaphane, a kind of semi-transparent woven silk (from medieval Latin diaphanus ‘diaphanous’).
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