Definition of glutinous in US English:



  • Like glue in texture; sticky.

    ‘glutinous mud’
    • ‘Mochi is a glutinous rice coating; if you've ever tried Thai sticky rice, it kind of tastes like that (without the coconut flavor) and the consistency is closer to gummy bears.’
    • ‘The rice was light and fluffy and not sticky or glutinous in any way, coming straight from the ever-present rice cooker.’
    • ‘Mom's cooking glutinous rice balls in the kitchen.’
    • ‘Never mind that you have no idea what Chinese glutinous rice tastes like, or whether it would taste good to use scrambled eggs instead of nori as a wrapper.’
    • ‘Whereas in central and southern Thailand polished white rice is eaten, in the north and northeast people eat glutinous or sticky rice.’
    • ‘The staple food of the Lao is sticky rice, also known as glutinous rice or sweet rice.’
    • ‘A wide assortment of dim sum selections for lunch include shrimp spring rolls, steamed glutinous rice with dried scallops wrapped in lotus leaves and chilled red bean cake with coconut milk.’
    • ‘The restaurant also provides traditional dim sum, such as date paste shortbread and shaomai - the steamed buns stuffed with glutinous rice, diced meat and mushroom.’
    • ‘And if you try scooping it up and setting it alight, you end up with a field full of eco-mentalists complaining about the smoke and a sticky glutinous stain.’
    • ‘And for that super glutinous thickened stew texture I added a couple of teaspoons of flour.’
    • ‘A type of rice grown in the Far East known as glutinous or sticky rice contains no proteinatious gluten and owes its sticky nature to a waxy carbohydrate.’
    • ‘The texture is very strange - gloppy, gooey, glutinous, and not that easy to manage with chopsticks.’
    • ‘Giant carp control the lake, wallowing, complacent, feed on glutinous rice, silvery ancients reminding how scales and fish-slime outlast dynasties.’
    • ‘The fat crab with rich meat and roe is stir-fried with curry, and served with steamed Thai rice, glutinous rice, bacon, carrot, onion and chili.’
    • ‘The desserts are mainly made of rice, such as sweet rice cakes and glutinous rice balls with coconut milk, all placed on a green leaf to absorb the light fragrance.’
    • ‘It was a good day to be hawking food, with visitors relishing everything from Betawi kerak telor (a crunchy snack made of glutinous rice with egg) to pizzas laden with toppings.’
    • ‘The most common dishes in Shanghai at that time would have included soy buds, meat balls, cabbage, chicken, Kow-Fu and glutinous rice dumplings.’
    • ‘Some consumers prefer to eat durian by itself but others prefer to consume it with glutinous rice and lemang (steamed grated cassava and coconut with palm sugar).’
    • ‘Using soil mixed with lime, sand, polished glutinous rice, sugar, bamboo and wood, people put the materials through complex processing, then used them to make the buildings.’
    • ‘With two workers in each group, the teams carry basketfuls of glutinous rice, which has already been soaked, to the workshop and its four cookers, where the rice is steamed.’
    sticky, viscous, tacky, glue-like, gluey, gummy, treacly
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Late Middle English: from Old French glutineux or Latin glutinosus, from gluten ‘glue’.