• WordNet 3.6
    • n pellicle thin protective membrane in some protozoa
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pellicle (Chem) A thin film formed on the surface of an evaporating solution.
    • Pellicle A thin skin or film.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pellicle A little or thin skin; a cuticle; a film; a scum: as, the nacreous pellicle of some shells; the coaly pellicle of many fossil plants; the filmy pellicle or scum of infusions in which infusorial animalcules or microscopic fungi develop.
    • n pellicle In chem., a thin crust formed on the surface of saline solutions when evaporated to a certain degree. This pellicle consists of crystallized saline particles.
    • n pellicle In botany, same as cortical layer (Which see, under cortical)
    • n pellicle In entomology, the skin of the subimago of an ephemerid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pellicle pel′i-kl a thin skin or film: the film or scum which gathers on liquors
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pellicula, dim. of pellis, skin: cf. F. pellicule,


In literature:

We are acquainted with a mere pellicle of the globe on which we live.
"Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
The circle round the hollow eyes was red, and the eyelids were like the pellicle of an egg.
"The Two Brothers" by Honore de Balzac
When sufficient has been obtained the grain is put again in the mortar and pounded to remove the pellicle.
"The Bontoc Igorot" by Albert Ernest Jenks
Having been thoroughly washed, I dissolve the pellicle in water by immersing the beaker containing it in the water bath.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 384, May 12, 1883" by Various
Coffee which still retains that pellicle is called in trade "grey coffee," and is lower priced than good clean sorts.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Three varieties of these hazilberts have ivory-colored kernels which are practically free of pellicle or fibre.
"Growing Nuts in the North" by Carl Weschcke
Pellicle, a skin-like layer on the outside surface of the cap and stem.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
The pellicle loosened on this occasion was fastened again.
"Aids to the Study of the Maya Codices" by Cyrus Thomas
Once the kernels become dark, they cannot be brightened except by bleaching and removing the pellicles.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Mintle good bearer, plumper than Creitz, pellicle somewhat off color.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
Presence or absence of pellicle formation.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
The pellicle is the empty envelope of the Anthophora's egg; the louse is a Meloe-larva.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
They develop slowly and painlessly, and are only covered by a thin, bluish pellicle of skin.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
A pellicle or skin is formed on the surface, beneath which the vinegar acquires strength.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The pileus is convex, plane, then depressed in the center, with an adherent pellicle, greenish with darker scales, margin involute.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Over the whole is a thin, deciduous pellicle.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
It dries without a pellicle when mixed with colours.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 383, September 1847" by Various
The mercury speedily becomes covered with a thin, brilliant bronze-coloured pellicle which reflects light.
"The Mechanism of Life" by Stéphane Leduc
None, excepting the red pellicles.
"In Search of a Son" by William Shepard Walsh
R. Kennett's gelatino-bromide of silver pellicle patented November 20th.
"The Evolution of Photography" by John Werge

In poetry:

Bearded and blown, an albatross of frost,
Relic of tough weather, every winch and stay
Encased in a glassy pellicle.
The sun will diminish it soon enough:
Each wave-tip glitters like a knife.
"A Winter Ship" by Sylvia Plath

In science:

The output is extracted with a pellicle beam splitter (OC) having ~8% reflection over a broad bandwidth.
All-Optical Quantum Random Bit Generation from Intrinsically Binary Phase of Parametric Oscillators
Coomassie Blue). A mechanistic study has shown that these problems are linked in part to the pellicle of metallic silver deposited on the proteins during staining, but are mainly due to the presence of formaldehyde during silver staining.
Silver Staining of Proteins in 2DE Gels