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parchment

noun uk   /ˈpɑːtʃ.mənt/ us    /ˈpɑːrtʃ-/
[U] the thin, dried skin of some animals that was used in the past for writing on, or a high quality paper made to look like this: ancient parchment He'd been ill for a long time, and his skin was like parchment. [C] a document written on parchment: A framed parchment hung on the wall.
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