- the white of an egg.
- a glaze or size made of egg white.
- any viscous substance like egg white.
- to coat with glair.
Origin of glair
1300–50; Middle English glaire < Old French: white of an egg < Vulgar Latin *clāria; compare Latin clārus clear
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Examples from the Web for glair
Take care that no glair runs on to the fore-edge when applying it or when draining it off.
Then plenty of glair is applied and the gold quickly and truly laid on.
To make the gold stick to the surface, glair or white of egg is used in all cases.
Leather bindings that have been coated with glair or varnish seem to keep better than those without.Notes on Bookbinding for Libraries
John Cotton Dana
It begins with zero in the glair of a cell and ascends until we come to the mighty brain of a Newton.The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
- white of egg, esp when used as a size, glaze, or adhesive, usually in bookbinding
- any substance resembling this
- (tr) to apply glair to (something)
C14: from Old French glaire, from Vulgar Latin clāria (unattested) clear, from Latin clārus
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Word Origin and History for glair
white of an egg, c.1300, from Old French glaire "white of egg, slime, mucus" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *claria (ovi) "white part (of an egg)," from Latin clarus "bright, clear" (see clear (adj.)).
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