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noun, verb (used with object), glaired, glair·ing.
  1. glair.
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or glaire

  1. the white of an egg.
  2. a glaze or size made of egg white.
  3. any viscous substance like egg white.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to coat with glair.
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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 glaires

Historical Examples

  • Where abundant evacuations of glaires are alternate with constipation, cold injections are a great relief.

    Every Man his own Doctor

    R. T. Claridge

British Dictionary definitions for glaires


  1. white of egg, esp when used as a size, glaze, or adhesive, usually in bookbinding
  2. any substance resembling this
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  1. (tr) to apply glair to (something)
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Derived Formsglairy or glaireous, adjectiveglairiness, 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 glaires



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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