pel·​li·​cle | \ ˈpe-li-kəl How to pronounce pellicle (audio) \

Definition of pellicle

: a thin skin or film: such as
a : an outer membrane of some protozoans (such as euglenoids or paramecia)
b : a film that reflects a part of the light falling upon it and transmits the rest and that is used for dividing a beam of light (as in a photographic device)

Examples of pellicle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Transferring the mother, along with a layer of the pellicle, will both work to quickly start new fermentations in the future. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, 19 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of pellicle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pellicle

Middle French pellicule, from Medieval Latin pellicula, from Latin, diminutive of pellis

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“Pellicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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pel·​li·​cle | \ ˈpel-i-kəl How to pronounce pellicle (audio) \

Medical Definition of pellicle

: a thin skin or film: as
a : an outer membrane of some protozoans (as euglenoids or paramecia)
b : a bacterial growth in the form of a sheet on the surface of a liquid medium
c : a thin layer of salivary glycoproteins coating the surface of the teeth

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