One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A preparation made from egg white, especially as an adhesive for bookbinding and gilding.
adhesive, fixative, gum, paste, cementView synonyms
- ‘This glair was also commonly used as a binder for pigments used in medieval illumination.’
- ‘Whatever pigments were selected or manufactured for use, the binding medium with which they were incorporated was either glair or a solution of gum.’
- ‘Make your own glair using ingredients such as egg, water, sugar and gum arabic.’
- 1.1dated Egg white.
Middle English: from Old French glaire, based on Latin clara, feminine of clarus ‘clear’.
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