- 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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- 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)
Word Origin for glair
C14: from Old French glaire, from Vulgar Latin clāria (unattested) clear, from Latin clārus
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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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