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n. pl. jel·lies
1. A soft, semisolid food substance with a resilient consistency, made by the setting of a liquid containing pectin or gelatin or by the addition of gelatin to a liquid, especially such a substance made of fruit juice containing pectin boiled with sugar.
2. Something, such as a petroleum ointment, having the consistency of a soft, semisolid food substance.
3. A shapeless, pulpy mass: The hero's laser zapped the monster, turning it to jelly.
4. Something, such as a body part, that has suddenly become limp or enervated: Her knees turned to jelly when she learned she won first prize.
5. A jellyfish.
6. A jelly sandal.
v. jel·lied, jel·ly·ing, jel·lies
To cause to have the consistency of jelly.
To acquire the consistency of jelly: The consommé jellied in the refrigerator.

[Middle English gelee, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *gelāta, from Latin, feminine past participle of gelāre, to freeze; see gel- in Indo-European roots.]
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pl n
1. slang Brit gelatine capsules of temazepam, dissolved and injected as a recreational drug
2. (Clothing & Fashion) Also called: jelly shoes shoes made from brightly coloured transparent plastic
[C20: shortened from gelatine]
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There they found the remains of a fine feast, and soon the two mice were eating up jellies and cakes and all that was nice.
I will see him again early in the morning; and in the meantime let him be kept extremely quiet, and drink liberally of water-gruel."--"Won't you allow him sack-whey?" said the landlady.--"Ay, ay, sack-whey," cries the doctor, "if you will, provided it be very small."--"And a little chicken broth too?" added she.--"Yes, yes, chicken broth," said the doctor, "is very good."--"Mayn't I make him some jellies too?" said the landlady.--"Ay, ay," answered the doctor, "jellies are very good for wounds, for they promote cohesion." And indeed it was lucky she had not named soup or high sauces, for the doctor would have complied, rather than have lost the custom of the house.
"Suppose we go and have some jellies at Dutton's," and the rogue Jos, willing to kill two birds with one stone.
Based on the type, the global jam, jelly, and preserves market can be segmented into jam, jellies, and preserves.
Jams, jellies, marmalades and other preserves are much alike in that all of them are preserved using sugar and usually all are jellied to some extent.
Brookfield Zoo's Living Coast exhibit includes fringed jellies, the polyp-upside-down kind, and soon will add bell-shaped moon jellies.
Some examples of flowers that work well in jellies include honeysuckle (sweet, honey like flavor), common blue violet (sweet flavor), clover (anise or licorice flavor), dandelion (sweet, honeylike flavor), lavender (sweet, slightly citrus flavor), and hibiscus (tart, cranberrylike flavor).
The local manufacturer of homemade gourmet jams and jellies introduces a new flavor to the already extensive line of Jalapeno Pepper Jellies.
Jellies explode in beige puffs as they are sucked into the spinning blades.
Today, because we're bang in season for these amazing tart fruits, and because we may just have a little spare time on our hands, we're making striped spiced clementine jellies. These amazing little filled fruit shells slice to reveal layer upon layer of contrasting jellies, one made from the pulp of the fruit itself, and the other a spiced egg-nog flavoured blancmange.
I recently made jellies for Molly, setting half with fruit juice followed by a layer set with yoghurt to make the colour opaque.
Just before serving spray into a separate bowl then spoon it onto jellies.