Definition of papery in English:



  • Thin and dry like paper.

    ‘papery onion skins’
    • ‘With their papery bark, aromatic leaves, red sap, and rapidly tapering trunks, elephant-trees are as absurd, beautiful, and intriguing as their namesakes.’
    • ‘Garlic is ready to harvest when the leaves turn papery and fade.’
    • ‘It is a beautiful tree, with gracious branches and a brilliant white papery peeling bark.’
    • ‘Some, such as tulips, have a brown papery coating called a tunic (just like onions).’
    • ‘Make sure you remove the papery membrane that you'll find between the two halves.’
    thin, paper-thin, gossamer-thin, ultra-thin, flimsy, delicate, insubstantial, fragile, frail, light, lightweight
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