- any of various thick, sticky substances produced in certain plants
- ☆ any watery solution of gum, glue, etc. used as an adhesive
Origin of mucilageMiddle English muscilage ; from Middle French mucilage ; from Late Latin mucilago, musty juice ; from Classical Latin mucere: see mucid
- Any of various viscous, water-soluble polysaccharides produced by certain plants, algae, and microorganisms.
- A sticky substance used as an adhesive.
Origin of mucilageMiddle English muscilage, from Old French mucilage, from Late Latin mūcilāgō, mūcilāgin-, from Latin mūcēre, to be moldy, musty, from mūcus, mucus.
(usually uncountable, plural mucilages)
- A thick gluey substance (gum) produced by many plants and some microorganisms.