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[ juh-lat-n-uhs ]


  1. having the nature of or resembling jelly, especially in consistency; jellylike.
  2. pertaining to, containing, or consisting of gelatin.


/ dʒɪˈlætɪnəs /


  1. consisting of or resembling jelly; viscous
  2. of, containing, or resembling gelatine
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Derived Forms

  • geˈlatinously, adverb
  • geˈlatinousness, noun
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Other Words From

  • ge·lati·nous·ly adverb
  • ge·lati·nous·ness gel·a·tin·i·ty [jel-, uh, -, tin, -i-tee], noun
  • nonge·lati·nous adjective
  • nonge·lati·nous·ly adverb
  • nonge·lati·nous·ness noun
  • subge·lati·nous adjective
  • subge·lati·nous·ly adverb
  • subge·lati·nous·ness noun
  • unge·lati·nous adjective
  • unge·lati·nous·ly adverb
  • unge·lati·nous·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of gelatinous1

First recorded in 1715–25; gelatin + -ous
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Example Sentences

Then in 2016, researchers discovered that various marine invertebrates “pollinate” seagrass flowers by feeding on and moving between the gelatinous pollen masses of seagrasses, which are descended from land plants.

They later realized the system could also be used to noninvasively scan gelatinous animals.

You’ll have to take their word for it—as you can see from the images presented, this 3D printed meat definitely looks more like a gelatinous dough than typical meat.

Her translation of the request highlights the light crunch of the pale, gelatinous mushroom, its ruffles dressed with lime juice, garlic oil and roasted chickpea flour for creaminess.

Siphonophores are gelatinous colonial organisms comprised of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individuals known as zooids.

[Y]ou will know you have it right when you crush down on the clamp and see white gelatinous material coming through the cervix.

It somewhat resembled meat and was drowned in a gelatinous brown goop meant to approximate gravy.

Both give gumbo the slightly gelatinous quality much prized by everyone who likes it.

Each is surrounded by a gelatinous capsule, which is its distinctive feature (Fig. 9).

The shell is thick, and is surrounded by an uneven gelatinous envelop which is often stained with bile.

To this are added 250 parts by weight of washed gelatinous alumina.

The edible part is grey and gelatinous, and it contains numerous dark-colored seeds.

Gelatinous hydrate of magnesia (as the last).199 Calcined magnesia (taken as the first).