What does vellum mean?

Definitions for vellum
ˈvɛl əmvel·lum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. a heavy creamy-colored paper resembling parchment

  2. fine parchment prepared from the skin of a young animal e.g. a calf or lamb


  1. A type of parchment paper made from the skin of a lamb, baby goat, or calf.

    Etymology: From velin (French vélin), from vel.

  2. A writing paper of very high quality.

    Etymology: From velin (French vélin), from vel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. a fine kind of parchment, usually made from calfskin, and rendered clear and white, -- used as for writing upon, and for binding books

    Etymology: [OE. velim, F. vlin, fr. L. vitulinus of a calf, fr. vitulus a calf. See Veal.]


  1. Vellum is derived from the Latin word “vitulinum” meaning "made from calf", leading to Old French “Vélin”. It is mammal skin prepared for writing or printing on, to produce single pages, scrolls, codices or books. It is a near-synonym of the word parchment, but "vellum" tends to be the term used for finer-quality parchment. Vellum is generally smooth and durable, although there are great variations depending on preparation, the quality of the skin and the type of animal used. The manufacture involves the cleaning, bleaching, stretching on a frame, and scraping of the skin with a crescent shaped knife. To create tension, scraping is alternated with wetting and drying. A final finish may be achieved by abrading the surface with pumice, and treating with a preparation of lime or chalk to make it accept writing or printing ink. Modern "paper vellum" is a quite different synthetic material, used for a variety of purposes including plans, technical drawings, and blueprints.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. vel′um, n. a finer kind of parchment prepared by lime-baths and burnishing from the skins of calves, kids, or lambs. [O. Fr. velin—Low L. (charta, paper), vitulina, of a calf—L. vitulus.]

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  1. The numerical value of vellum in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. The numerical value of vellum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of vellum in a Sentence

  1. Only those books come down which deserve to last . All the gilt edges, vellum and morocco, all the presentation copies to all the libraries will not preserve a book in circulation beyond its intrinsic date.

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