Etymology
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pellicle (n.)

"a membrane, a thin skin," c. 1400, pellicule, from Medieval Latin pellicula "small or thin skin," diminutive of Latin pellis "skin, leather, parchment, hide" (from PIE root *pel- (3) "skin, hide"). Related: Pellicular.

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Definitions of pellicle

pellicle (n.)
thin protective membrane in some protozoa;
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