1 the skin of certain animals, such as sheep, treated to form a durable material, as for bookbinding, or (esp. formerly) manuscripts
2 a manuscript, bookbinding, etc., made of or resembling this material
3 a type of stiff yellowish paper resembling parchment
(C13: from Old French parchemin, via Latin from Greek pergamene, from Pergamenos of Pergamum (where parchment was made); the form of Old French parchemin was influenced by parche leather, from Latin Parthica (pellis) Parthian (leather))
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