glu·​ti·​nous | \ ˈglüt-nəs How to pronounce glutinous (audio) , ˈglü-tə-nəs \

Definition of glutinous

: having the quality of glue : gummy

Other Words from glutinous

glutinously adverb

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Examples of glutinous in a Sentence

a bad horror movie from the 1950s about a glutinous blob that devoured Manhattan
Recent Examples on the Web The most obvious is a glutinous sweet rice called malagkit. Dorothy Hernandez, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 It's glazed in a lush miso butter and seared to perfection with dueling layers of glutinous flesh and crisp edges. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 6 Feb. 2022 The drink is assertively sour and limey, with a glutinous texture from the chia seeds that have soaked up the liquid and turned into bouncy little bits. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 In addition to the usual ice cream concoctions and burger, hot dog and sandwich offerings, Dairy Belle Ice Cream is famous for its poutine, that French-Canadian pub dish that makes a glutinous mix of french fries, cheese curds and gravy. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 6 Aug. 2021 Like many cooks, Ms. Young’s mother always added a little cold water at the end of the mixing process, for a whisper of that glutinous chew. Rachel Wharton, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2021 My narrow, too-small pantry was filled to the brim with sugars of every variety, flours both glutinous and gluten-free, and an early COVID-era amount of cans of beans—in addition to everyday pantry items. Margaux Lushing, House Beautiful, 8 Apr. 2021 Balls of slightly glutinous sweet potato dough are filled with coconut flesh that’s been grated and roasted. Soleil Ho,, 12 Mar. 2020 The tofu itself is remarkably good, fried until the potato starch batter turns simultaneously crisp and glutinous, but the sauce adds a spectrum of flavor from sugary-sweet to inexplicably meaty. Mahira Rivers, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of glutinous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glutinous

Middle English, from Latin glutinosus, from glutin-, gluten

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“Glutinous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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glu·​ti·​nous | \ ˈglü-tə-nəs How to pronounce glutinous (audio) \

Kids Definition of glutinous

: like glue : sticky glutinous oatmeal


glu·​ti·​nous | \ ˈglüt-nəs, -ᵊn-əs How to pronounce glutinous (audio) \

Medical Definition of glutinous

: having the quality of glue especially in physical properties

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