Definition of mucilage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmyo͞os(ə)lij/


1A viscous secretion or bodily fluid.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1A polysaccharide substance extracted as a viscous or gelatinous solution from plant roots, seeds, etc., and used in medicines and adhesives.
Example sentences
  • Dietary fibre consists of plant material such as cellulose, hemicellulose, pectin, polysaccharides, gums, mucilage and lignin.
  • 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.
  • The root contains mucilage, which is used in China for sizing paper.
1.2North American An adhesive solution; gum or glue.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • With HotKeys, you can pretty much keep on working even if a fun-loving but unscrupulous co-worker puts mucilage in your mouse.



Pronunciation: /ˌmyo͞osəˈlaj(ə)nəs/
Example sentences
  • The broad brown fronds are typically about 1 m long and 36 cm wide, with a thick mucilaginous centre rib and lobelike projections at the sides.
  • Okra is what is called a mucilaginous vegetable.
  • Scooping out handfuls of gooey Vaseline-like grease from a plastic bucket, the performers methodically covered themselves and the sculptures with the mucilaginous lubricant.


Late Middle English: via French from late Latin mucilago 'musty juice', from Latin mucus (see mucus).

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Syllabification: mu·ci·lage

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