- of a glutinous nature or consistency; sticky; thick; adhesive.
- having the property of viscosity.
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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- (of liquids) thick and sticky; viscid
- having or involving viscosity
C14: from Late Latin viscōsus; see viscose
Word Origin and History for viscously
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
- Having relatively high resistance to flow.
- Having relatively high resistance to flow (high viscosity).
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