mucilage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mucilage cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive
    • n mucilage a gelatinous substance secreted by plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mucilage (Bot. Chem) A gummy or gelatinous substance produced in certain plants by the action of water on the cell wall, as in the seeds of quinces, of flax, etc.
    • Mucilage An aqueous solution of gum, or of substances allied to it; a glue; a liquid adhesive; as, medicinal mucilage; mucilage for fastening envelopes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mucilage Moldi-ness; mustiness; rottenness; a slimy mass.
    • n mucilage Gum extracted from the seeds, roots, and bark of plants. It is found universally in plants, but much more abundantly in some than in others. The marsh-mallow root, tubers of orchids, the bark of the lime and elm, the seeds of quinces and flax, are examples of plant-products rich in this substance. In the arts the name is applied to a great variety of sticky and gummy preparations, some of which are merely thickened aqueous solutions of natural gum, which is easily extracted from vegetable substances by hot water; while others are preparations of dextrine, glue, or other adhesive materials, generally containing some preservative substance or compound, as creosote or salicylic acid.
    • n mucilage In chem., the general name of a group of carbohydrates, having the formula C6H10O5n. The mucilages have the common property of swelling enormously in water, so that they are in a condition near to solution, leaving no jelly-like mass as many gums do. Members of the group differ greatly in properties, some being closely related to the gums, others to cellulose. Their chemical constitution is not yet determined.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mucilage the solution of a gum in water: the gum extracted from plants
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from L. mucilago, a musty juice, fr. mucus, mucus, slime. See Mucus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., cf. L. mungĕre, wipe away.

Usage

In literature:

To effect this object the mucilage should be thick, and the tracing paper should be dampened with a sponge after it is pasted.
"Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught" by Joshua Rose
Do you suppose the mucilage will make him sick?
"Heart of Gold" by Ruth Alberta Brown
On a portion of this card spread some mucilage and sprinkle yellow sand over it.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
They were then fastened in place with mucilage.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
Mucilage, paste, stationery; the half-dozen sorts of envelopes and letter-heads.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
On his father's desk down stairs was mucilage, but mucilage was strictly forbidden.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
They sucked out the mucilage, much as we eat oysters.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Make into twelve pills with syrup or mucilage, washing down each pill with a cupful of pennyroyal tea.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
The wood is composed of woody fibre, mucilage, and resin.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Impregnate the tissues with mucilage for twelve to twenty-four hours, according to size.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
If it is desired to preserve these, the paper should be first covered with thin mucilage.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Sue says she believes it's mucilage, and I think she's right.
"Harper's Young People, July 20, 1880" by Various
When cold remove the fat, and take a large teacupful of the mucilage, morning and evening.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The hymenium is, however, the most, important part, consisting of (1) the paraphyses, (2) the asci, and sometimes (3) an investing mucilage.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
His fingers, his chin, his cheeks, his curls even soon became stiff with mucilage.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
Evan went behind his desk to get the mucilage.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
Charlotte dropped a mucilaged paper.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
To make cement for attaching labels to metals, take 10 parts tragacanth mucilage, 10 parts of honey, and 1 part flour.
"Paper and Printing Recipes" by J. Sawtelle Ford
The club boasted a fine chef, but the food tasted like mucilage.
"Mate in Two Moves" by Winston Marks
Mucilage the tiniest edge all around, and press till thoroughly dry.
"Harper's Round Table, June 11, 1895" by Various
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In news:

Of, relating to, full of, or secreting mucilage.
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