Definition of gelatinous in English:



  • 1Having a jellylike consistency.

    ‘a sweet, gelatinous drink’
    • ‘The base was creamy and almost gelatinous, liberally sprinkled with clams and chunks of potato.’
    • ‘The gelatinous pattern consists of numerous encapsulated organisms and little inflammation.’
    • ‘The paste stood out amongst its neighbours on the platter, not for its taste, but for its bright pinkish colour and shiny, gelatinous consistency - a treat to some, but not my personal fave.’
    • ‘The specimen consisted of an aggregate of soft, gelatinous, pink-yellow tissue.’
    • ‘They don't use high fructose corn syrup, the nonfat yogurt is creamy and rich, not gelatinous, it has real identifiable pieces of fruit, and it just tastes darn good!’
    • ‘The texture of the dish was simply beautiful - the crisp crab, the tongue-clinging cream, the gelatinous, tenuous tomato uniting into a cheery little song of sweet and light.’
    • ‘For contrast, he used dried, powdered fish scales as a thickener in another dish, which ‘added collagen for a thin, shiny, gelatinous consistency.’’
    • ‘First of all, the flavours come from this weird, vaguely gelatinous mixture of jam, molasses and tobacco (apparently, the amounts of tar and nicotine are quite minimal).’
    • ‘(Finally I've come to appreciate gelatinous texture in savoury food, thus catching up with everyone else in this hemisphere).’
    • ‘I was a gummy adherent, gobbling gelatinous animal shaped confections like they were going out of style.’
    • ‘In both cases, approximately 10% of the sample consisted of soft, gelatinous fragments highly suggestive of typical inflammatory nasal polyps.’
    • ‘The taste was good, not too eggy, and I rather enjoyed the caramelized pond of syrup surrounding the mound of cream, though I found the latter to be slightly too gelatinous in texture.’
    • ‘It consisted of a delicate, gelatinous broth in which tufts of egg white and crab meat were suspended.’
    • ‘The cut surfaces of the lung were markedly hemorrhagic and had a gelatinous consistency.’
    • ‘Am I going to become the queen of the ant colony, all gigantic and gelatinous and pulsating, tended to by little worker drones because I've lost all of my appendages and therefore the ability to move?’
    • ‘This lesion was brown, irregular in shape, and had a consistency that varied from gelatinous to firm.’
    • ‘My friend's sautéed king prawns were big, succulent specimens, as you'd expect for £9, but the honey-and-ginger sauce was a sickly-sweet, gelatinous mess.’
    • ‘Currently, there is a toy on the market that consists of a green gelatinous ooze; it is called, simply, Slime.’
    • ‘Try siphonophores, gelatinous animals that live in the deep sea, whose abundance is only now being measured by scientists in Monterey Bay, but may take the prize.’
    • ‘The upper surface is usually sticky, or gelatinous when wet, and of a blood-red colour which darkens with age.’
    jelly-like, glutinous, ropy, gummy, sticky, gluey, slimy, thick, viscous
    mucilaginous, colloidal, viscid
    gooey, gunky, gloopy, cloggy, icky
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    1. 1.1Of or like the protein gelatin.
      ‘tooth enamel is coated with a gelatinous layer of protein’
      • ‘All cyanobacteria are unicellular, though many grow in colonies or filaments, often surrounded by a gelatinous or mucilaginous sheath.’
      • ‘The neuromast organ consists of hair cells and support cells embedded in a gelatinous cupula.’
      • ‘Ask your butcher to cut a pork shoulder and neck in one piece with the bones left in - you need the bones to provide the wonderful gelatinous material that makes your masterstock such a great asset in your kitchen.’
      • ‘In my experience, thick gelatinous cyst fluid is simply ‘old’ fluid with high protein content.’
      • ‘The cyst is filled with soft, gelatinous, sticky, and mucoid fluid.’