from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fine parchment made from calfskin, lambskin, or kidskin and used for the pages and binding of books.
- n. A work written or printed on this parchment.
- n. A heavy off-white fine-quality paper resembling this parchment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of parchment paper made from the skin of a lamb, baby goat, or calf.
- n. A writing paper of very high quality.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fine kind of parchment, usually made from calfskin, and rendered clear and white, -- used as for writing upon, and for binding books.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The skin of calves prepared for writing, printing, or painting by long exposure in a bath of lime and by repeated rubbings with a burnisher; also, the skin of goats or kids similarly prepared.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fine parchment prepared from the skin of a young animal e.g. a calf or lamb
- n. a heavy creamy-colored paper resembling parchment
Middle English velim, from Old French velin, from veel, calf; see veal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French velin (French vélin), from vel ("veal"). (Wiktionary)