- vulcanized fiber
- nouna leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth
* * *nounEtymology: from Vulcanized Fibre, a trademark: a tough substance that is made both in hard grades with the consistency of horn and in softer flexible grades by treating cellulose (as paper from rags) usually with a solution of zinc chloride or sulfuric acid and compressing it and that is used chiefly for luggage and for electrical and mechanical applications
* * *a leatherlike substance made by compression of layers of paper or cloth that have been treated with acids or zinc chloride, used chiefly for electric insulation.[1870-75]
Useful english dictionary. 2012.