One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
mass noun, usually as modifier A glossy transparent paper.‘a box full of foreign stamps still in their glassine envelopes’
- ‘The pavement was glassine and visibility was limited.’
- ‘By the late 1960s, glassine bags had replaced capsules as the dominant packaging technique and heroin was available in a variety of sales units.’
- ‘Snowflakes in glassine envelopes are pretty cute.’
- ‘The road petered out in a jumble of old crash-barriers and concrete dividers, littered now with cigarette and roach butts and the occasional glassine envelope emptied of cocaine.’
- ‘The tiny parcels of glassine paper that enfold the diamond morsels pass between pairs of traders, are examined, dismissed - considered.’
- ‘A small glassine bag drug dealers use to store crack, coke or heroin sat open and empty beneath a row of bushes.’
Early 20th century: from glass + -ine.
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