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A document that is filed or introduced in evidence in a lawsuit, as in the phrases papers in the case and papers on appeal.

Any written or printed statement, including letters, memoranda, legal or business documents, and books of account, in the context of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the people from unreasonable searches and seizures with respect to their "papers" as well as their persons and houses.

In the context of accommodation paper and Commercial Paper, a written or printed evidence of debt.

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The main experiment at the Sede Boqer site in 1991 consisted of three treatments: 1) removal of the papery + outer silk layer; 2) removal of the papery + outer silk layer + the dirt layer; 3) removal of the papery+ outer silk layer + dirt layer + inner silk layer.
Remove from foil and serve immediately (squeezing garlic out of its papery clove skins).
The Poachet, which is made from a semi-permeable papery fabric and allows contact with water, is very different from other poaching devices, which are made from synthetic materials, the Daily Mail reported.
<i>La Signora</i> toasts thick slices of Tuscan bread, peels the delicate, papery skin off garlic cloves and rubs this pure essence onto <i>il pane</i>, topping it off with semi-soft Pecorino cheese, a gift from the hillside sheep, and a thin slice of tomato that an hour ago was sunning on this Cortona countryside.
What I mean is, my mother was like paper--my mother was papery. Or so goes the story.
Remove the papery outer husks when you're ready to use the fruit, and rinse off the sticky residue.
The outer skin, which is thin and papery and can be peeled off like an onion, is called the "tunic." The tunic protects everything that is inside the bulb.
Lift the latter when the skin on the neck begins to brown and becomes papery, and harvest sweetcorn as it becomes ripe.
The shimmering gold efflorescence of the golden rain tree (Koelreuteria elegans), whose large clusters of bright yellow flowers turn to rosy, papery seedpods, is the first to herald autumn.
The papery star of leaves capping the red fruit might be green, but the California strawberry industry is not.
The wasps build large versions of the papery nests of hornets found in North America, and they specialize in breaking into other social-insect nests and carrying off larvae as food for young wasps.