One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thin skin, cuticle, membrane, or film.
- ‘Young papillae are covered with a pellicle - cuticle layer and contain starch grains.’
- ‘Proline-rich proteins' coat the teeth with a thin layer - pellicle - that serves as a protective diffusion barrier on the tooth surface.’
- ‘The semitransparent pellicle did not interfere with the participant's interceptive movement.’
- ‘It should be noted that the inner shell wall of ammonoids was lined by an organic membrane or pellicle, a porous sheet consisting of numerous interwoven organic fibers.’
- ‘However, in the dry type, the pellicle and cuticle remain intact in the functional phase, whereas they become discontinuous in the wet type.’
Late Middle English: from French pellicule, from Latin pellicula ‘small piece of skin’, diminutive of pellis.
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