- a thin skin or film, as on a photographic emulsion or on a liquid
- Zool. a thin nonliving membrane secreted by animal cells, as the envelope covering many protozoans
Origin of pellicleClassical Latin pellicula, diminutive of pellis, skin: see fell
A thin skin or film, such as an organic membrane or liquid film.
Origin of pellicleFrench from Latin pellicula husk diminutive of pellis skin ; see pel-3 in Indo-European roots.
- A thin skin or film.
- Cuticle, the hard protective outer layer of certain life forms.
- The skin of a mushroom cap.
- The growth on the surface of a liquid culture.
- The photosensitive emulsion of photographic film.
- (optics) A thin plastic membrane used as a beam splitter or protective cover.
- (mycology) the outermost layer of a mushroom, often used only for a surface that is viscid and easily peels off.
From Latin pellicula from pellis (“skin").