from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of polyethylene.

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  • n. A light thermoplastic used in packaging etc.; polyethylene.

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  • n. a lightweight thermoplastic; used especially in packaging and insulation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

poly- + (e)th(yl)ene.


  • Rubble and garbage needed to be removed, dead cats and birds scooped up, windows covered in polythene to prevent rain damage, and I finally I needed to gave notice to the swallows that they would have to vacate as I was taking over the house!

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  • They produced a waxy lump of what the British call polythene .

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  • A cloche is made by placing bamboo hoops across the bed and covering the bed with polythene, which is kept well clear of the seeds.

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  • Simple wire baskets are by far the best and should be line, with sphagnum moss (not polythene, which is often used today) before being filled with a-peaty compost.

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  • The leaves are harvested using a stick and protection such as polythene bags.

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  • According to Mr Bagonza, the two entrepreneurs are interested in setting up an industry dealing in recycling waste products such as polythene papers and plastics in Nakasongola

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  • You know, the kind of polythene bag over our heads has to burst open at some point.

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  • As an aside it amused me recently to hear some Americans that were shocked to learn that many non-americans use "polythene" instead of "polyethylene".

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  • Direct sunlight affects the structure of plastics such as polythene and also makes some printing inks fade more quickly (Sections

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  • A better way of making old wine more palatable is to pur it over clingfilm/saran wrap into a decanter/large glass and drink from tere. the long chain polymers of the film (polythene to be precise) bind to 2,4,6-trichloranisole (the chemical that makes wine smell musty/old - abbreviated to TCA) and, for a better word, refreshes it.

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