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pelleja f. (Noun) "hide," "skin"
13th cent. From Latin pellicula "piece of skin," diminutive of pellis "skin" (see piel).
Indo-European
Romance
Asturian pelleya, Portuguese película, French pellicule, Italian pellicola, Romanian peliculă

According to Varro (De Lingua Latina), pelliculum was a strictly rural term, never used by the educated or urbane. "In Atellan farces you may observe that rustics say they have brought home a pelliculum instead of a scortum."