[[t]ˈvɛl əm[/t]] n.
1) calfskin, lambskin, kidskin, etc., treated for use as a writing surface
2) a manuscript or the like on vellum
3) a texture of paper or cloth resembling vellum
4) made of or resembling vellum
5) bound in vellum
Etymology: 1400–50; late ME velum, velim < MF ve(e)lin of a calf. See veal, -ine I

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