onionskin

noun
on·​ion·​skin | \ ˈən-yən-ˌskin How to pronounce onionskin (audio) \

Definition of onionskin

: a thin strong translucent paper of very light weight

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Most followed the prevailing Provençal fashion: rosés the color of pale onionskin. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 To me, the smell would resemble that of time itself, something like onionskin paper. Anicka Yi, The New Yorker, "How I Solved It: Transforming Ideas into Smells," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of onionskin

1879, in the meaning defined above

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