onionskin
noun Date: 1879 a thin strong translucent paper of very light weight

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  • onionskin — on ion*skin , n. [Onion + skin.] A kind of thin but strong translucent paper with a glossy finish. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • onionskin — [un′yən skin΄] n. 1. the thin, translucent outer coating of an onion ☆ 2. a tough, thin, translucent, glossy paper, often used for carbon copies …   English World dictionary

  • Onionskin — Typewritten page of canary onionskin, 1912. Note the translucency in the upper right corner, where the red library stamp on the transverse is visible. Onionskin or onion skin is a thin, light weight, strong, often translucent paper. It was… …   Wikipedia

  • onionskin — /un yeuhn skin /, n. a thin, lightweight, translucent, glazed paper, used esp. for making carbon copies. [1875 80, Amer.; ONION + SKIN] * * * …   Universalium

  • onionskin — noun A thin, strong, light, translucent paper; used especially for making carbon copies …   Wiktionary

  • onionskin — on|ion|skin [ˈʌnjənskın] n [U] AmE very thin light paper, used in the past especially for writing letters …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • onionskin — n. skin of the onion; thin or transparent paper adj. very thin; as thin as the outer skin of an onion …   English contemporary dictionary

  • onionskin — noun (U) AmE very thin light paper, used especially for writing letters on …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • onionskin — on•ion•skin [[t]ˈʌn yənˌskɪn[/t]] n. pri a thin, lightweight, translucent glazed paper, used esp. for making carbon copies • Etymology: 1875–80, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • onionskin — noun a thin strong lightweight translucent paper used especially for making carbon copies • Syn: ↑flimsy • Derivationally related forms: ↑flimsy (for: ↑flimsy) • Hypernyms: ↑typewriter paper, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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