From Middle English parchement, from Old French parchemin, via Latin pergamīna, from Ancient Greek Περγαμηνός (Pergamēnos, “of Pergamun”), which is named for the Ancient city of Pergamon (modern Bergama) in Asia Minor, where it was invented as an expensive alternative for papyrus.
parchment (plural parchments)
- A material, made from the polished skin of a calf, sheep, goat or other animal, used like paper for writing.
- A document made on such material.
- A diploma (traditionally written on parchment).
- Stiff paper imitating that material.
- The creamy to tanned color of parchment
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