One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an adherent of the Catholic religion’
follower, supporter, upholder, defender, advocate, disciple, votary, partisan, member, friend, stalwart
believer, worshipper, attender
fan, admirer, enthusiast, devotee, lover, addict, aficionado
informal hanger-on, groupie, buff, freak, fiend, nut, maniac
North American informal booster, cohort, rooter
rare janissary, sectary
1‘the colon has an adherent layer of mucus gel’
adhesive, sticky, sticking, adhering, clinging, tacky, gluey, gummy, gummed, cohesive, viscous, viscid, glutinous, mucilaginous
Northern English Scottish clarty
informal gooey, gloopy, cloggy, gungy, icky
North American informal gloppy
rare tenacious, viscoid
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