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noun, plural jel·lies.
  1. a food preparation of a soft, elastic consistency due to the presence of gelatin, pectin, etc., especially fruit juice boiled down with sugar and used as a sweet spread for bread and toast, as a filling for cakes or doughnuts, etc.
  2. any substance having the consistency of jelly.
  3. Chiefly British. a fruit-flavored gelatin dessert.
  4. a plastic sandal or shoe.
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verb (used with or without object), jel·lied, jel·ly·ing.
  1. to bring or come to the consistency of jelly.
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  1. containing or made, spread, or topped with jelly or syrup; jellied: jelly apples.
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Origin of jelly

1350–1400; Middle English gely < Old French gelee frozen jelly < Medieval Latin gelāta frozen, equivalent to Latin gel- freeze + -āta -ate1; cf. gel, cold
Related formsjel·ly·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for jellylike

Historical Examples of jellylike

  • The egg white begins to coagulate at 134 degrees Fahrenheit, and it becomes white and jellylike at 160 degrees.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • After boiling they show a jellylike, half transparent white, and a reddish yellow, and are exceedingly delicious.

  • Cautiously approaching him, I saw by his dull and jellylike eye that he was dead.

  • Matter is found in the air tubes which form gutters through the jellylike mass of the diseased lung.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • The blood is dark in color, fluid, or only clotted into soft, jellylike masses.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

British Dictionary definitions for jellylike


noun plural -lies
  1. a fruit-flavoured clear dessert set with gelatineUS and Canadian trademark: Jell-o
  2. a preserve made from the juice of fruit boiled with sugar and used as jam
  3. a savoury food preparation set with gelatine or with a strong gelatinous stock and having a soft elastic consistencycalf's-foot jelly
  4. anything having the consistency of jelly
  5. informal a coloured gelatine filter that can be fitted in front of a stage or studio light
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verb -lies, -lying or -lied
  1. to jellify
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Derived Formsjelly-like, adjective

Word Origin for jelly

C14: from Old French gelee frost, jelly, from geler to set hard, from Latin gelāre, from gelu frost


  1. British a slang name for gelignite
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Word Origin and History for jellylike



late 14c., from Old French gelee "a frost; jelly," noun use of fem. past participle of geler "congeal," from Latin gelare "to freeze," from gelu "frost" (see cold (adj.)).

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c.1600, from jelly (n.). Related: Jellied; jellying.

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jellylike in Medicine


  1. A semisolid resilient substance usually containing some form of gelatin in solution.
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