Imitation parchment

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A paper treated and embossed to simulate the appearance and texture of Vegetable parchment. Imitation parchment is made from chemical wood pulp that has been hydrated with excess beating. It is then supercalendered to produce a thin, glossy paper that is semitransparent and greaseproof. Imitation parchment no longer bears any resemblance to animal parchment or other types of parchment paper. It is usually used as a wrapping paper for food products.

Synonyms and Related Terms

greaseproof paper; glassine; artificial parchment

Resources and Citations

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