Definition of cellulose noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈseljuləʊs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈseljuloʊs//
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  1. 1a natural substance that forms the cell walls of all plants and trees and is used in making plastics, paper, etc.
  2. 2any compound of cellulose used in making paint, lacquer, etc.
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French, from cellule ‘small cell’ + -ose.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cellulose