vis·​cose | \ ˈvi-ˌskōs How to pronounce viscose (audio) , -ˌskōz \

Definition of viscose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a viscous golden-brown solution made by treating cellulose with caustic alkali solution and carbon disulfide and used in making rayon and films of regenerated cellulose
2 : viscose rayon



Definition of viscose (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or made from viscose

Examples of viscose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Plus, its plush viscose material is stain resistant, so cleaning up spills is an absolute breeze. Kami Phillips,, "This Best-Selling Area Rug with Thousands of Perfect Reviews Is 78% Off at AllModern Right Now," 2 Sep. 2020 The clothing company began donating the viscose-and-polyester face coverings to hospitals and homeless shelters and eventually started selling them in a buy-one-donate-one deal. Washington Post, "Struggling U.S. manufacturers pivot to one product where sales are actually booming: Masks," 5 Aug. 2020 Proenza Schouler’s $100 masks come in materials such as a silk-viscose blend satin and a nylon-cotton gingham print, though both are sold out. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The luxury face mask has arrived," 7 July 2020 Best Buy has signal boosters iGENJUN women’s casual clothes include pleated tank tops made of 95% non-shrinking viscose and stretchable 5% Spandex. Janet Eastman | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Mini spy cameras and other curious items are top online sellers during the coronavirus crisis," 30 Mar. 2020 The brand is also busy experimenting with sustainably produced viscose, which, when made with natural wood, often uses dangerous chemicals that are damaging to the environment. Eliza Huber,, "We’re Obsessed With This Sustainable Swedish Brand," 23 Mar. 2020 In a series of photos documenting Kim’s latest collection by the Uzbek photographer Hassan Kurbanbaev, young women are dressed in Korean jeogori‎ made from traditional Uzbek fabrics (called bekasam) as well as Soviet textiles like jacquard viscose. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Born in Uzbekistan With Korean Roots, Jenia Kim Is Redefining the Notion of National Dress," 16 Oct. 2019 McCartney said that 17% of the Amazon rainforest over the past 50 years has been cut down for animal farming, and that 150 million trees are cut each year to make viscose and rayon. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sophia Loren, Valentino receive standing ovation in Milan," 23 Sep. 2019 Made out of 95 percent bamboo viscose, the set comes in 13 pretty colors, including baby pink, lavender, light gray, and berry red. Christina Butan,, "Amazon’s Most-Reviewed Pajamas Are Made from Bamboo, and Shoppers Call Them ‘Heaven’," 21 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The company’s woven viscose bamboo threads are similar to silk and cashmere, offering luxury while remaining earth-friendly. Jean Chen Smith,, "How to create a quarantine-ready home sanctuary," 13 May 2020 Super soft: The A blend of cotton and Outlast viscose fabric goes into the Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Take This Quiz and We’ll Tell You What Sheets to Buy," 26 Sep. 2018 Nautical pea and bomber jackets were cropped and buttoned, while cargo trousers fell perilously low on the hips, uniformly finished with a viscose denim trim. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "London Men’s Wear Shows Reflect on Race and Masculinity," 8 Jan. 2018 Ms. Kozen warned that viscose rayon is often wrongly marketed as environmentally friendly because it is derived from bamboo. Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times, "Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet?," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of viscose


1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viscose


obsolete viscose, adjective, viscous

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The first known use of viscose was in 1896

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7 Sep 2020

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“Viscose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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