celluloid

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Etymology[edit]

Former trademark of Celluloid Manufacturing Company

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  • AHD: sěl' yo͞o loid
  • Rhymes: -oid

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celluloid (uncountable)

  1. Any of a variety of thermoplastics created from nitrocellulose and camphor, once used as photographic film.
  2. (figuratively, often used attributively) The genre of cinema; film.
    • 2001 August 14, Riki Wilchins, Gender on celluloid, in The Advocate, page 26.
    • 2004, Preston Whaley, Blows Like a Horn, page 20,
      In particular, they set Kerouac and Ginsberg to the specifications of an emergent superficial form—celluloid antiheroes—attractive to those in want of adventure and who would soon be reading On the Road (1957).

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