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;Related formsvit·re·ous·ly, adverbvit·re·ous·ness, vit·re·os·i·ty [vi-tree-os-i-tee] /ˌvɪ triˈɒs ɪ ti/, nounsub·vit·re·ous, adjectivesub·vit·re·ous·ly, adverbsub·vit·re·ous·ness, nounun·vi·tre·os·i·ty, nounun·vit·re·ous, adjectiveun·vit·re·ous·ly, adverbun·vit·re·ous·ness, noun
< Latin vitreus,
equivalent to vitr(um
) glass + -eus -eous
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Derived Formsvitreously, adverb
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
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Word Origin and History for vitreous
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.
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Of, relating to, resembling, or having the nature of glass; glassy.
Of or relating to the vitreous body.
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Relating to or resembling glass.
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