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[myoo-suh-lij] /ˈmyu sə lɪdʒ/
any of various, usually liquid, preparations of gum, glue, or the like, used as an adhesive.
any of various gummy secretions or gelatinous substances present in plants.
Origin of mucilage
1350-1400; Middle English muscilage < Middle French musillage < Late Latin mūcilāgō a musty juice, akin to mūcēre to be musty. See mucor Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mucilage
Historical Examples
  • It had been well rubbed in, too, made of a plastic adherence by the addition of mucilage.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Sue says she believes it's mucilage, and I think she's right.

  • Under the dribble of the mucilage the fire in his eyes had flickered and sunk.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • It had been stuck there by a drop of mucilage, and the mucilage was still wet.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • mucilage, paste, stationery; the half-dozen sorts of envelopes and letter-heads.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • Put a little of the mucilage from slippery elm in a teaspoon.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • He wondered how he could ever have cared for this molasses and mucilage girl.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • All the Malvace abound in mucilage, and they all have woody fibre in their stems.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • But when they took to dipping them in mucilage he made a complaint to the Board of Directors.

  • The binder may be either glue or mucilage mixed with the water.

    Educational Toys Louis C. Petersen
British Dictionary definitions for mucilage


a sticky preparation, such as gum or glue, used as an adhesive
a complex glutinous carbohydrate secreted by certain plants
Derived Forms
mucilaginous (ˌmjuːsɪˈlædʒɪnəs) adjective
mucilaginously, adverb
mucilaginousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Late Latin mūcilāgo mouldy juice; see mucid
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Word Origin and History for mucilage

late 14c., mussillage, "viscous substance found in vegetable material," from Old French mucilage (14c.), from Late Latin mucilago "musty or moldy juice" (4c.), from Latin mucere "be musty or moldy," from mucus "mucus" (see mucus). Meaning "adhesive" is first attested 1859.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mucilage in Medicine

mucilage mu·ci·lage (myōō'sə-lĭj)
A viscid preparation consisting of a solution of a plant-based gum in water and used in pharmacy as an excipient.

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