isinglass

noun
isin·​glass | \ ˈī-zᵊn-ˌglas How to pronounce isinglass (audio) , ˈī-ziŋ- \

Definition of isinglass

1 : a semitransparent whitish very pure gelatin prepared from the air bladders of fishes (such as sturgeons) and used especially as a clarifying agent and in jellies and glue
2 : mica especially when in thin transparent sheets especially : muscovite sense 2

Examples of isinglass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Occasionally, bottles are fined, or clarified, with animal products like egg whites, milk casein or isinglass, which comes from fish. New York Times, 15 Jan. 2021 The paper was made of cloth, sometimes silk and isinglass, which is somewhat see-through and made from fish air bladders. Jonah Estess, The Conversation, 29 Aug. 2019 Langton said Norwegians have a long history of woodcarving as a way to express themselves during the long winters that kept them in dark cabins, many of which did not have windows until the invention of isinglass in the 1600s. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Dec. 2017 The fish were utilized for caviar, isinglass and even as fuel for steamships, according to reports. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of isinglass

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for isinglass

probably by folk etymology from obsolete Dutch huizenblas, from Middle Dutch huusblase, from huus sturgeon + blase bladder

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“Isinglass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/isinglass. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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isinglass

noun
isin·​glass | \ ˈīz-ᵊn-ˌglas How to pronounce isinglass (audio) , ˈī-ziŋ- How to pronounce isinglass (audio) \

Medical Definition of isinglass

1 : a semitransparent whitish very pure gelatin prepared from the air bladders of fishes (as sturgeons) and used especially as a clarifying agent and in jellies and glue

called also ichthyocolla

2 : mica

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