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slime

[slahym]
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noun
  1. thin, glutinous mud.
  2. any ropy or viscous liquid matter, especially of a foul kind.
  3. a viscous secretion of animal or vegetable origin.
  4. Also called slime·ball [slahym-bawl] /ˈslaɪmˌbɔl/. Slang. a repulsive or despicable person.
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verb (used with object), slimed, slim·ing.
  1. to cover or smear with or as if with slime.
  2. to remove slime from, as fish for canning.
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Origin of slime

before 1000; Middle English slyme, Old English slīm; cognate with Dutch slijm, German Schleim, Old Norse slīm
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British Dictionary definitions for slime

slime

noun
  1. soft thin runny mud or filth
  2. any moist viscous fluid, esp when noxious or unpleasant
  3. a mucous substance produced by various organisms, such as fish, slugs, and fungi
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verb (tr)
  1. to cover with slime
  2. to remove slime from (fish) before canning
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Word Origin

Old English slīm; related to Old Norse slīm, Old High German slīmen to smooth, Russian slimák snail, Latin līmax snail
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Word Origin and History for slime

n.

Old English slim "slime," from Proto-Germanic *slimaz (cf. Old Norse slim, Old Frisian slym, Dutch slijm "slime, phlegm," German Schleim "slime"), probably related to Old English lim "birdlime; sticky substance," from PIE root *(s)lei- "slimy, sticky, slippery" (cf. Sanskrit linati "sticks, stays, adheres to; slips into, disappears;" Russian slimak "snail;" Old Church Slavonic slina "spittle;" Old Irish sligim "to smear," leinam "I follow," literally "I stick to;" Welsh llyfn "smooth;" Greek leimax "snail," limne "marsh, pool, lake," alinein "to anoint, besmear;" Latin limus "slime, mud, mire," linere "to daub, besmear, rub out, erase"). As an insult to a person from mid-15c. Slime-mold is from 1880.

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v.

"to cover with slime," 1620s, from slime (n.). Related: Slimed; sliming.

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slime in Science

slime

[slīm]
  1. A slippery or sticky mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as slugs or snails.
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