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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Medieval Word of the Day

Parchment: material made from animal skin used for the pages of books or other writing

Vellum: a very thin, fine form of parchment made from calf-skin ("veal-parchment", i.e., vellum)

Parchment was made from the skin of various animals, but vellum only came from calf-skin

1 comment:

Nanina D'Onofrio said...

Thanks for explaining how vellum differs from parchment. For all my interest in papers, I never learned that.