papery

adjective
pa·​pery | \ ˈpā-p(ə-)rē How to pronounce papery (audio) \

Definition of papery

: resembling paper in thinness or consistency papery leaves papery silk

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Other Words from papery

paperiness noun

Examples of papery in a Sentence

a berry with papery skin the papery wing of a moth

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Avoid like a pit viper any mushy ones, and make sure the papery husk looks at least somewhat fresh and greenish, not all brown and wrinkly like my Uncle Sid before the face-lift. James P. Dewan, Twin Cities, "Dishes to make with tomatillos, plus a trick for getting those sticky husks off," 4 June 2019 Avoid like a pit viper any mushy ones, and make sure the papery husk looks at least somewhat fresh and greenish, not all brown and wrinkly like my Uncle Sid before the face-lift. James P. Dewan, Twin Cities, "Dishes to make with tomatillos, plus a trick for getting those sticky husks off," 4 June 2019 Avoid like a pit viper any mushy ones, and make sure the papery husk looks at least somewhat fresh and greenish, not all brown and wrinkly like my Uncle Sid before the face-lift. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "4 easy dishes to make with tomatillos, plus a trick for getting those sticky husks off," 17 June 2019 This will remove the filter's papery taste, as well as eliminate surface irregularities and dry spots, allowing the brewing water to soak the grounds more evenly. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "Hack Your Coffee: How to Use a French Press the Right Way," 15 Feb. 2015 Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their papery skins into a food processor or blender and pulse several times until smooth. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Smoked Garlic Potato Salad," 6 June 2018 Her skin was papery and quick to bleed, as a small scrape on her elbow demonstrated. Brett Martin, Outside Online, "Katie Lee, Our Lady of Glen Canyon," 24 May 2018 Gross notes that given the UK’s plan to transfer thousands of European laws to its own books, the question is again rearing its papery head. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "British Parliament Ditches Parchment for Paper," 8 May 2017 Reddish seed capsules and exfoliating papery bark extend the season for months. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Emerald ash borer," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of papery

1602, in the meaning defined above

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papery

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of papery

: very thin or dry like paper

papery

adjective
pa·​pery | \ ˈpā-pə-rē How to pronounce papery (audio) \

Kids Definition of papery

: very thin or dry

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