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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The white of an egg.
  • n. A sizing or glaze made of egg white.
  • n. A viscous substance resembling egg white.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Egg-white, especially as used in various industrial preparations.
  • n. Any viscous, slimy substance.
  • v. To smear with egg-white.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The white of egg. It is used as a size or a glaze in bookbinding, for pastry, etc.
  • n. Any viscous, transparent substance, resembling the white of an egg.
  • n. A broadsword fixed on a pike; a kind of halberd.
  • transitive v. To smear with the white of an egg.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The white of an egg, used as varnish to preserve painting, and as a size to retain gold in bookbinding and in gilding.
  • n. Any viscous transparent substance resembling the white of an egg; hence, any viscous substance.
  • To smear with glair or the white of an egg; smear with a viscous substance.


Middle English glaire, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *clāria, from Latin clārus, clear; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French glaire, from Vulgar Latin *clāria, a substantive use of Latin clārus ("clear"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Found in the poem 'The Glair' by Robert Robertson from his collection The Swithering

    December 5, 2006