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or glaire

[glair] /glɛər/
the white of an egg.
a glaze or size made of egg white.
any viscous substance like egg white.
verb (used with object)
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 Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Care must be taken that there is always a liberal supply of glair in the depth of the round.

  • Bookbinders use some composition made of glair, or white of egg, which produces a very glossy appearance.

  • One end is carefully lowered until the glair has run to one side and dripped off.

  • glair is made in the workshop; the powder is bought ready prepared—to make it would take too much time.

  • Should it be necessary on the score of economy to make a double working in bronze, the cover must be previously washed with glair.

British Dictionary definitions for glair


white of egg, esp when used as a size, glaze, or adhesive, usually in bookbinding
any substance resembling this
(transitive) to apply glair to (something)
Derived Forms
glairy, glaireous, adjective
glairiness, noun
Word Origin
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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