Definitions for onionskinˈʌn yənˌskɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

on•ion•skinˈʌn yənˌskɪn(n.)

  1. a thin, lightweight, translucent glazed paper, used esp. for making carbon copies.

    Category: Printing

Origin of onionskin:

1875–80, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. onionskin, flimsy(noun)

    a thin strong lightweight translucent paper used especially for making carbon copies


  1. onionskin(Noun)

    A thin, strong, light, translucent paper; used especially for making carbon copies


  1. Onionskin

    Onionskin or onion skin is a thin, light-weight, strong, often translucent paper. It was usually used with carbon paper for typing duplicates in a typewriter, for permanent records where low bulk was important, or for airmail correspondence. It typically has a 9 pound basis weight, and may be white or canary colored. In the typewriter era, onion skin often had a deeply textured cockle finish which allowed for easier erasure of typing mistakes, but other glazed and unglazed finishes were also available then and may be more common today. Onionskin paper is relatively durable and lightweight due to its high content of cotton fibers. Because of these attributes and its crispness when folding, onionskin paper is one of the best papers to use for advanced paper airplanes. Paper airplanes made from onionskin paper tend to fly very well due to its low weight and high integrity once folded.


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