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mucilaginous

[myoo-suh-laj-uh-nuh s]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or secreting mucilage.
  2. of the nature of or resembling mucilage; moist, soft, and viscid.

Origin of mucilaginous

1640–50; < Late Latin mūcilāgin- (stem of mūcilāgō) mucilage + -ous
Related formsmu·ci·lag·i·nous·ly, adverbnon·mu·ci·lag·i·nous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mucilaginous

Historical Examples

  • The qualities of all the plants in this order are mucilaginous.

    Botany for Ladies

    Jane Loudon

  • He only allowed a spare diet of mucilaginous and acid drinks.

  • When they burst, a white and mucilaginous liquor exuded from them.

  • Magnesia or its carbonate should be given freely in mucilaginous fluids.

    Memoranda on Poisons

    Thomas Hawkes Tanner

  • The nests are formed of mucilaginous sea-weeds and have the appearance of isinglass.


Word Origin and History for mucilaginous

adj.

early 15c., "viscous, sticky," from Medieval Latin muscilaginosus, from Late Latin mucilaginosus, from mucillago (see mucilage). Related: Mucilaginously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mucilaginous in Medicine

mucilaginous

([object Object])
adj.
  1. Resembling mucilage; moist and sticky.
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