- of the nature of or resembling glass, as in transparency, brittleness, hardness, glossiness, etc.: vitreous china.
- of or relating to glass.
- obtained from or containing glass.
Origin of vitreous
1640–50; < Latin vitreus, equivalent to vitr(um) glass + -eus -eous
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- of, relating to, or resembling glass
- made of, derived from, or containing glass
- of or relating to the vitreous humour or vitreous body
Word Origin for vitreous
C17: from Latin vitreus made of glass, from vitrum glass; probably related to vidēre to see
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1640s, from Latin vitreus "of glass, glassy," from vitreum "glass," which perhaps was so called for its color (cf. vitrium "woad"). Vitreous humor attested from 1660s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, resembling, or having the nature of glass; glassy.
- Of or relating to the vitreous body.
- The vitreous body.
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- Relating to or resembling glass.
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