vulcanized fiber


vulcanized fiber
noun
a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth
Syn: ↑fiber, ↑fibre
Hypernyms: ↑fabric, ↑cloth, ↑material, ↑textile

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noun
Etymology: 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

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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.