[ahy-zuh n-glas, -glahs, ahy-zing-]


a pure, transparent or translucent form of gelatin, obtained from the air bladders of certain fish, especially the sturgeon: used in glue and jellies and as a clarifying agent.
mica, especially in thin, translucent sheets.

Origin of isinglass

1535–45; < Middle Dutch huysenblase (with glass for blase by folk etymology), literally, sturgeon bladder; cognate with German Hausenblase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a gelatine made from the air bladders of freshwater fish, used as a clarifying agent and adhesive

Word Origin for isinglass

C16: from Middle Dutch huysenblase, literally: sturgeon bladder; influenced by English glass
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Word Origin and History for isinglass

1520s, said to be perversion of Dutch huysenblas, literally "sturgeon bladder," from huysen "sturgeon" + blas "bladder;" so called because the substance was obtained from it.

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isinglass in Science


zən-glăs′, īzĭng-]

A transparent, almost pure gelatin prepared from the inner membrane of the swim bladder of the sturgeon and certain other fishes. It is used as an adhesive and a clarifying agent.
Mica, especially in the form of the mineral muscovite.
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