- 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 glaire
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Glaire should not be used unless it is quite liquid and clean.
The finisher should not glaire in more than he can tool the same day.
When the glaire has ceased to be “tacky,” the gold is laid on.
For blocking, one coat of glaire will be enough for most leathers.
- 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 glaire
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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