variants or glaire
: a sizing liquid made from egg white
: a viscid substance suggestive of an egg white

Word History


Middle English gleyre egg white, from Anglo-French gleire, from Vulgar Latin *claria, from Latin clarus clear — more at clear

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of glair was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Glair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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