- 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 glaires
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R. T. Claridge
- 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
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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