- 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.