One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A viscous secretion or bodily fluid.
- ‘The root cap covers the root tip and secrets mucilage which facilitates the movement of the growing roots in the soil.’
- ‘It has also been suggested that it reduces soil mechanical impedance by means of its secretion of slimy mucilage and by the sloughing of border cells.’
- ‘The mucilage is probably secreted by this apical cell.’
- ‘Additional mucilage is secreted by rhizosphere microbes.’
- ‘They say that things are on the way out when you produce volumes of clear mucilage.’
- 1.1 A polysaccharide substance extracted as a viscous or gelatinous solution from plant roots, seeds, etc., and used in medicines and adhesives.
- ‘The mucilage from the bark of this American elm has wonderfully strengthening and healing qualities.’
- ‘Dietary fibre consists of plant material such as cellulose, hemicellulose, pectin, polysaccharides, gums, mucilage and lignin.’
- ‘Do not place tulips in containers with any flowers in the Narcissus genus (paperwhites, daffodils, etc.) which have just been cut, as the mucilage they exude can adversely affect tulips' vase life.’
- ‘The procedure was repeated several times in order to remove the large amount of mucilage present in jute bark.’
- ‘The root contains mucilage, which is used in China for sizing paper.’
- ‘The mucilage sap of narcissi can adversely affect other flowers by clogging their water-uptake channels.’
- ‘It will thus be a very useful new tool in, for example, investigations of the effects of changing environmental conditions on the metabolism of mucilage and other polysaccharides.’
- ‘These cells disperse into mucilage, which can attract or repel certain microorganisms within the immediate surroundings of the root.’
- ‘The name originally applied to a mucilage extracted from a red seaweed of the genus Eucheuma.’
- ‘Coltsfoot combines an expectorant action with a soothing, healing quality thought to be due to its high mucilage content.’
- ‘This folk remedy has not been well studied, but it appears to work because it contains mucilage, sugar molecules that soothe inflamed membranes.’
- 1.2North American An adhesive solution; gum or glue.
glue, adhesive, fixative, paste, cement, resin, epoxy resin, superglueView synonyms
- ‘Because If I see you even take one step out of that chair, I'm going to hog-tie you and gag you, but not before I clamp your jaws shut with mucilage!’
- ‘Mrs. Williams also brought a pair of blunt-edged scissors, and some mucilage - a thick, brownish liquid that oozed out through a slit in the rubber-slanted cover when you pressed on it just right.’
- ‘Didn't we (and by that I mean anyone over 50) used to use mucilage in grade school art class?’
- ‘You have to be of a certain age to remember when every household had one or more bottles of mucilage to stick stamps to envelopes.’
- ‘With HotKeys, you can pretty much keep on working even if a fun-loving but unscrupulous co-worker puts mucilage in your mouse.’
Late Middle English: via French from late Latin mucilago ‘musty juice’, from Latin mucus (see mucus).
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