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Pronunciation: pa'per


  1. Substance manufactured in thin sheets from wood, rags, or other materials.
  2. A square of paper folded over so as to form an envelope containing a dose of any medicinal powder.
  3. A piece of blotting paper or filter paper impregnated with a medicinal solution, dried, and burned; formerly, the fumes were inhaled treat asthma and other respiratory afflictions.

[L. papyrus; G. papyros, a kind of rush, from which writing paper was made]

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