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1. Any of various viscous, water-soluble polysaccharides produced by certain plants, algae, and microorganisms.
2. A sticky substance used as an adhesive.

[Middle English muscilage, from Old French mucilage, from Late Latin mūcilāgō, mūcilāgin-, from Latin mūcēre, to be moldy, musty, from mūcus, mucus.]


1. (Elements & Compounds) a sticky preparation, such as gum or glue, used as an adhesive
2. (Biochemistry) a complex glutinous carbohydrate secreted by certain plants
[C14: via Old French from Late Latin mūcilāgo mouldy juice; see mucid]
mucilaginous adj
ˌmuciˈlaginously adv
ˌmuciˈlaginousness n


(ˈmyu sə lɪdʒ)

1. any of various, usu. liquid, preparations of gum, glue, or the like, used as an adhesive.
2. a gummy or gelatinous substance present in plants.
[1350–1400; < Middle French musillage < Late Latin mūcilāgō a musty juice, akin to Latin mūcēre to be musty]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mucilage - a gelatinous substance secreted by plants
gum - any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
2.mucilage - cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesivemucilage - cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive
animal glue - a protein gelatin obtained by boiling e.g. skins and hoofs of cattle and horses
casein glue - made from casein; used for e.g. plywood and cabinetwork
fish glue - gelatinous substance obtained by boiling skins fins and bones of fish
marine glue - glue that is not water soluble
cement - something that hardens to act as adhesive material


[ˈmjuːsɪlɪdʒ] Nmucílago m


[ˈmjuːsɪlɪdʒ] nmucillagine f
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But the air was sticky like mucilage, and the weight of it seemed to burden the lungs and make breathing difficult.
That ninny of a Sara Ray brought up a bottle of mucilage instead of Judy's curling-fluid, and Cecily put her hair up with THAT.
Eventually they got all the mucilage washed out of it and Cecily spent the remainder of the forenoon sitting before the open oven door in the hot kitchen drying her ill-used tresses.
And when I desired honey I only desired bait, and sweet mucus and mucilage, for which even the mouths of growling bears, and strange, sulky, evil birds, water:
Adhesive is a general term that includes among cement, glue, mucilage and paste.
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15) Ulmus rubra exerts demulcent and nutritive actions, with large amounts of mucilage soothing irritation of mucous membranes within the gastrointestinal tract.
Theirs is the tedium and minutiae of office life that has been so well described in Theodore Roethke's poem "Dolor'': "All the misery of manilla folders and mucilage .
Adhesive is a broad term as it incorporates various materials like cement, glue, mucilage, and paste among others.
Chemical compounds of chicory are water, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, glucoside, chicoriin, a resin called chicoridine, ascorbic acid, copper, mucilage, essence, pectin, lactucin, intibin, arsenic, vitamin A, and vitamin B [10].
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At the heart of the Ethiopian coffee scene for years, Jimma and close-by Limmu have long been known as home to some of the flavors considered the most traditional among Ethiopian coffees, mostly processed as natural or semi-washed Arabicas which leaves a natural touch of sweetness from the pulp and mucilage in the final cup flavor.