strings of cellophane

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I can't figure out what "strings of cellophane" might be. Looking to you for help.

Here's the passage:
". . . his jacket pocket. There, among little packets of pills and crushed cigarette butts and strings of cellophane, the red tapes of packages which he sometimes used as dental floss, he recalled that he had dropped some pennies."
(Saul Bellow, Seize the Day)

  • Tunalagatta

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    English - England
    Cellophane is the very thin, transparent plastic wrapping on packets of (among other things) cigarettes. There is a little tab that you pull to unwrap the packet, and the plastic comes off in a thin string, about the thickness of dental floss. It is often red in colour so that you can see it.
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