gelatin

noun
gel·​a·​tin | \ˈje-lə-tən \
variants: or less commonly gelatine

Definition of gelatin 

1 : glutinous material obtained from animal tissues by boiling especially : a colloidal protein used as a food, in photography, and in medicine

2a : any of various substances (such as agar) resembling gelatin

b : an edible jelly made with gelatin

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Jell-O brand gelatin is made from boiling the hides of animals (usually cows and pigs) processed for their meat. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Jell-O Girls’ Review: They Broke the Mold," 13 Sep. 2018 The shoes are made from about a dozen different materials, including wood pulp, silk thread, gelatin, plastic and glass. Steve Karnowski, The Seattle Times, "Sting operation recovered Dorothy’s stolen ruby slippers," 4 Sep. 2018 The all-vegan menu at her son’s 7th birthday the next day, for example, was to include the roasting of gelatin-free marshmallows. Margy Rochlin, New York Times, "Alicia Silverstone, With a New TV Show, Proves She’s Not Clueless," 1 June 2018 Fill a clear plastic cup ¼ of the way with the orange gelatin. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 Stir the gelatin into the chocolate mixture until melted and smooth. The Casserole Queens, Woman's Day, "Chocolate Icebox Cake," 26 Apr. 2013 Stir the dissolved gelatin into the strawberry mixture. Susan Selasky, charlotteobserver, "Celebrate the Fourth with minimal fuss, maximum flavor," 3 July 2018 Mix gelatin, sugar, syrup, cornstarch and water together in a medium saucepan. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 While the most valuable parts today are those sold as ground beef or steaks, remnants such as bones, blood and fat end up in things like fertilizer, gelatin, medicines and textiles. Lydia Mulvany And Lindsey Rupp, latimes.com, "As leather shoes drop out of favor, cattle hides pile up," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of gelatin

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gelatin

French gélatine edible jelly, gelatin, from Italian gelatina, from gelato, past participle of gelare to freeze, from Latin — more at cold

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The first known use of gelatin was in 1800

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gelatin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gelatin

: a clear substance that is made by boiling animal bones or tissues and that is used in making jelly

: a food made with gelatin

gelatin

noun
gel·​a·​tin | \ˈje-lə-tᵊn \

Kids Definition of gelatin

1 : a gummy or sticky protein obtained by boiling animal tissues and used especially as food

2 : an edible jelly made with gelatin

gelatin

noun
gel·​a·​tin
variants: also gelatine \ˈjel-​ət-​ən \

Medical Definition of gelatin 

1 : glutinous material obtained from animal tissues by boiling especially : a colloidal protein used as a food, in photography, and in medicine

2a : any of various substances (as agar) resembling gelatin

b : an edible jelly made with gelatin

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