• WordNet 3.6
    • n parchment skin of a sheep or goat prepared for writing on
    • n parchment a superior paper resembling sheepskin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vellum, a fine-quality writing parchment, is prepared from animal skin: lambs, kids, and very young calves. Coarser, tougher types are made from the skins of male goats, wolves, and older calves. Vellum replaced papyrus and was superseded by paper.
    • Parchment The envelope of the coffee grains, inside the pulp.
    • Parchment The skin of a lamb, sheep, goat, young calf, or other animal, prepared for writing on. See Vellum. "But here's a parchment with the seal of Cæsar."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parchment The skin of sheep or goats prepared for use as a writing-material and for other purposes. The skins are first soaked in lime to remove the hair, and are then shaved, washed, dried, stretched, and ground or smoothed with fine chalk or lime and pumice-stone. Vellum is a fine parchment made from the skins of calves, kids, and still-born lambs. Other skins prepared in the same way are used for other purposes: as those of the he-goat and wolf for drum-heads, and the skin of the ass for covering battledores. A kind of parchment is made by the Eskimos from the entrails of seals, and is used for bags, blankets, clothing, etc. The skin of the fur-seal is sometimes dressed as parchment and used for making cases for holding valuable papers, etc.
    • n parchment The cartilaginous sheath or hull of the coffee-bean.
    • n parchment A document written on parchment.
    • parchment To convert into parchment; parchemin.
    • parchment To cause to become hard, tough, and wrinkled, as the skin in certain diseases.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parchment pärch′ment the skin of a sheep or goat prepared for writing on
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. parchemin, perchemin, F. parchemin, LL. pergamenum, L. pergamena, pergamina, fr. L. Pergamenus, of or belonging to Pergamus, an ancient city of Mysia in Asia Minor, where parchment was first used
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. parchemin—L. pergamena (charta, paper)—from Gr. Pergamos.


In literature:

It absorbs water, and becomes soft and pliable like animal parchment, but is water-proof.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
That, at least, was the number of names set down in the parchments.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
Scales and coins, records on parchment, and chairs lay in confusion on the ground.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
On looking around however he noticed a piece of parchment.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
Then he gazed at the parchment.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
You heard nothing but the rapid scratching of their pens against the parchment and paper on which they were employed.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
I had secured about me the case, which still contained the parchment, the title-deeds of a large property, and a few jewels.
"Happy Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The table was covered with parchments, papers, books, and writing materials.
"A True Hero" by W.H.G. Kingston
O'Brien pulled a parchment out of his pocket.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
The effect of the parchment-covered door, however, was found to be somewhat troublesome.
"Ungava" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

Upon my parchment, sadly old,
The record lives of Summer's gold;
And in my veins there lingers now
The joy of Spring's awakening bough.
"An Autumn Leaf" by Charles Hanson Towne
That Era's life and meaning his to teach,
To him the parchments, but the shell to me,
His voice the voice of billows on the beach
Wherein we heard the sea.
"Arms And The Man - The Dead Statesman" by James Barron Hope
The lawyer wiped his spectacles,
And drew the parchment out;
And all the Brentford family
Sat eager round about:
Poor Ned was somewhat anxious,
But Tom had ne'er a doubt.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
They thunder in rage, o'er the red path of Battle,
Far up the steep mount where fair Liberty keeps
The soul of a Tyrant in parchment imprisoned;
God pity us all, if her Sentinel sleeps!
"Pro Patria: America, 1861" by Adah Isaacs Menken
"Here it is," said the mate with pride,
As out of the pouch that hung by his side
He drew the relic and held it high,
Like a bit of parchment brown and dry.
"Ha! ha! ha!" laughed the buccaneer,
"Eat and drink and have good cheer!
"Old Rochon" by Maurice Thompson
The knight in silence the letter read,
Oh! the characters well he knew!
And his face might have match'd the face of the dead,
So ashen white was its hue!
Then he tore the parchment shred by shred,
And the strips in the flames he threw.
"Fauconshawe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

For easy cleanup, line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Sprinkle with the salt , stir once, then scrape the almonds onto a parchment-lined ungreased baking sheet.
This is why I love cooking with parchment paper.
A Torah Scribe Pushes the Parchment Ceiling.
Place strudels on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Separate wontons and spread them, not touching, on a cookie sheet coated with nonstick spray or parchment paper.
Separate wontons and spread them, not touching, on a cookie sheet coated with nonstick spray or parchment paper.
Heat the oven to 300 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets at 350 degrees, rotating the cookies halfway through baking for even browning.
The piece of parchment that every freedom loving person should want governing their life.
Walleye in Parchment With Lemon and Dill .
One at a time, dip the bottoms of the cookies into the chocolate, then set chocolate side up on parchment to cool.
Dip apples, one at a time, then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Rumors of the closures of Crumb on Parchment & Sra.
Halibut and shimeji baked in parchment.

In science:

What is remarkable, however, is how consistent the form is, whether written in parchment scrolls, bound codices, printed books, or LaTeX files.
Fully Digital: Policy and Process Implications for the AAS
Legrand has found a parchment half buried in the sand beside an old ship’s boat.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug