Definition of polythene in English:

polythene

Line breaks: poly|thene
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒlɪθiːn
 
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noun

[mass noun] British
  • A tough, light flexible synthetic resin made by polymerizing ethylene, chiefly used for plastic bags, food containers, and other packaging: strips of black polythene [as modifier]: a polythene bag
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    • Polyethylene, or polythene as it was marketed in Britain, began as a polymer with little practical use.
    • New plastics were invented such as neoprene in 1932, polythene in 1933 and Perspex in 1934.
    • I recall the poinsettia being the most labour intensive, involving complicated light control and messing about with black polythene bags.

Origin

1930s: contraction of polyethylene.

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