[ vis-kuh s ]
/ ˈvɪs kəs /
of a glutinous nature or consistency; sticky; thick; adhesive.
having the property of viscosity.
English Words From The PharaohsMost people recognize Ancient Greek and Latin as the primary donors to the English language. However, some of the most ancient words in English actually trace back to Ancient Egypt.
- viscount melville sound,
- viscous flow,
Origin of viscous
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin viscōsus, equivalent to Latin visc(um) mistletoe, birdlime (made with mistletoe berries) + -ōsus -ous
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/ (ˈvɪskəs) /
(of liquids) thick and sticky; viscid
having or involving viscosity
Word Origin for viscous
C14: from Late Latin viscōsus; see viscose
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
late 14c., from Anglo-French viscous, from Late Latin viscosus "sticky," from Latin viscum "anything sticky, birdlime made from mistletoe, mistletoe," probably from PIE root *weis- "to melt away, flow" (used of foul or malodorous fluids); see virus.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
[ vĭs′kəs ]
Having relatively high resistance to flow.
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[ vĭs′kəs ]
Having relatively high resistance to flow (high viscosity).
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