any of various, usually liquid, preparations of gum, glue, or the like, used as an adhesive.
any of various gummy secretions or gelatinous substances present in plants.
Origin of mucilage
1350–1400; Middle English muscilage
< Middle French musillage
< Late Latin mūcilāgō
a musty juice, akin to mūcēre
to be musty. See mucor
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Examples from the Web for mucilage
Historical Examples of mucilage
It had been well rubbed in, too, made of a plastic adherence by the addition of mucilage.
Sue says she believes it's mucilage, and I think she's right.
Under the dribble of the mucilage the fire in his eyes had flickered and sunk.
It had been stuck there by a drop of mucilage, and the mucilage was still wet.
Mucilage, paste, stationery; the half-dozen sorts of envelopes and letter-heads.
British Dictionary definitions for mucilage
Derived Formsmucilaginous (ˌmjuːsɪˈlædʒɪnəs), adjectivemucilaginously, adverbmucilaginousness, noun
a sticky preparation, such as gum or glue, used as an adhesive
a complex glutinous carbohydrate secreted by certain plants
Word Origin for mucilage
C14: via Old French from Late Latin mūcilāgo mouldy juice; see mucid
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Word Origin and History for mucilage
late 14c., mussillage, "viscous substance found in vegetable material," from Old French mucilage (14c.), from Late Latin mucilago "musty or moldy juice" (4c.), from Latin mucere "be musty or moldy," from mucus "mucus" (see mucus). Meaning "adhesive" is first attested 1859.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A viscid preparation consisting of a solution of a plant-based gum in water and used in pharmacy as an excipient.
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