mu·​ci·​lag·​i·​nous | \ ˌmyü-sə-ˈla-jə-nəs How to pronounce mucilaginous (audio) \

Definition of mucilaginous

1 : sticky, viscid
2 : of, relating to, full of, or secreting mucilage

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Other Words from mucilaginous

mucilaginously adverb

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Unlike its meanings, there's nothing terribly sticky about the origin and use of "mucilaginous." Like thousands of other words in the English language, "mucilaginous" (and the noun "mucilage") oozed out of Latin during the 15th century. "Mucilage" is from Late Latin's word for "mucus," mucilago, and is used for the gelatinous substance found in various plants, such as legumes or seaweeds. "Mucilaginous" stuck as the noun's adjective form and is used by scientists and foodies alike for sticky or mucous things.

Examples of mucilaginous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doesn’t mucilaginous coffee-bean wastewater sound better now? Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Can a Cocktail Help Save the Planet?," 23 Nov. 2020 When the air is really filled with hot particulate matter, mucilaginous herbs like mullein, marshmallow root, and licorice root are useful tools for soothing irritated respiratory tissue. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "How to Use Herbs for Support During Fire Season," 29 Sep. 2020 The fresh, grassy taste is often overshadowed by its mucilaginous (uh, slimy) quality. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, "10 Okra Recipes for Boiling, Frying, Sautéing, and More," 2 Sep. 2020 Like chia seeds, aloe, and okra, sea moss is a mucilaginous food. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Is Sea Moss Healthy? Here's How to Eat It for Maximum Benefits," 17 Jan. 2020 All parts of the plant are edible raw and have a very mild flavor, as well as a somewhat mucilaginous quality (similar to okra). Glenn Jackson, Bon Appetit, "There's Probably a Salad's Worth of Greens On Your City Block," 9 May 2017 All parts of the plant are edible raw and have a very mild flavor, as well as a somewhat mucilaginous quality (similar to okra). Bon Appetit, "Urban Forager Gallery," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of mucilaginous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mucilaginous

Middle English muscilaginous, from Late Latin mucilaginosus, from mucilagin-, mucilago

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“Mucilaginous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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Medical Definition of mucilaginous

: relating to, resembling, containing, or secreting mucilage

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