Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Glutinous; sticky.‘the viscid mucus lining of the intestine’
sticky, gummy, glue-like, gluey, adhesive, tacky, adhering, adherent, sticking, clinging, treacly, syrupyView synonyms
- ‘The naked seeds of T. aphyllus are covered entirely by a viscid layer that adheres most of the time to the cuticle and spines of cacti.’
- ‘It is not difficult to imagine that once pleural fluid has turned into frank pus, which is viscid and sticky, that simply removing loculations will not necessarily lead to efficient drainage.’
- ‘No degree of description can match the drama of seeing tadpoles progress from lacking forelimbs to froglets and succeed in transforming as a pool is reduced to viscid, then cracked, mud.’
- ‘Phlegm is motionless, viscid, sticky, heavy, inert, cold, soft, and white.’
- ‘Rubbery and viscid, this silk stretches up to about three times its length when pulled on and takes a good deal of abuse before breaking - an important quality in a material responsible for entangling prey.’
- ‘Finally, a variety of invertebrates secrete viscid secretions as part of a reported ‘duo-gland’ adhesion.’
- ‘While the plant is poisonous, the expressed thick, viscid oil is used as a powerful laxative and purgative.’
- ‘But my in-house appetizer of lime-colored watercress risotto had a viscid, swampy texture, which wasn't helped by the three fatty pieces of short rib on top.’
- ‘My hands burned with the warm, viscid crimson of my father's blood and I found myself morbidly wondering if I would feel such erotic satisfaction each time I took a life.’
- ‘The presence of copious quantity of viscid mucus in the airways predisposes patients to frequent pulmonary infections, mainly due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa leading to a chronic neutrophil-dominated inflammation.’
- ‘Scoop out the peanut butter into a separate large saucepan, add cloves, peppercorns and 500 ml of hot water and blend with a ladle into a smooth slightly viscid paste.’
- ‘Today, those arachnids are the only ones that spin webs bearing viscid silk near tree trunks, where seepifig resin would be likely to trap a stray strand of silk. - S.P.’
- ‘While a number of seeds possess hooks, barbs, or viscid substances for a quick stick, many small seeds without special anatomical adaptations can get caught up in fur, feathers, and feet.’
- ‘These rewards include pseudopollen, wax or a viscid, resinous material secreted by the labellum and floral nectar.’
- ‘Mixed rain and snow swirled thick about them like a promise of violence; the night-black water lay deep and viscid with cold, and seemed to suck at the whaler as though wishing to swallow it into black oblivion and sea-death.’
- ‘Eccrine sweat glands produce a watery secretion, whereas apocrine secretion is more viscid.’
- ‘The development of sticky viscid silk is thought to be an important evolutionary innovation as that silk is more effective at snagging passing insects than the non-sticky variety.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin viscidus, from Latin viscum ‘birdlime’.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.