from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sticky substance used as an adhesive.
- n. A gummy substance obtained from certain plants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thick gluey substance (gum) produced by many plants and some microorganisms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gummy or gelatinous substance produced in certain plants by the action of water on the cell wall, as in the seeds of quinces, of flax, etc.
- n. An aqueous solution of gum, or of substances allied to it; a glue; a liquid adhesive
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Moldi-ness; mustiness; rottenness; a slimy mass.
- n. Gum extracted from the seeds, roots, and bark of plants.
- n. In chem., the general name of a group of carbohydrates, having the formula C6H10O5n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a gelatinous substance secreted by plants
- n. cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive
What's called the mucilage, which is the sort of fruity part, which, by the way, tastes rather sweet if you chew it, that has to come off.
This accounts for my glib use of the word mucilage, as well as the titles of other staples.
_ -- This substance is largely imported from America, where it is produced from the dark-coloured residue, termed mucilage, obtained from the refining of crude cotton-seed oil.
It is particularly by the mucilage, which is found in greater or less quantity in all vegetables, that the purity of oil is affected.
Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural. Being also a Medical Botany of the Confederate States; with Practical Information on the Useful Properties of the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs
No doubt the nutritious quality of the tree is owing to the mucilage, which is apparently of the same nature as that of the nearly allied Tragacanth tree of Sierra Leone
Marshmallow contains large sugar molecules called mucilage, which are thought to exert a soothing effect on mucous membranes, and this is the basis of most proposed uses of the herb.
I have never had a problem with the okra 'mucilage', but I know some people are completely appalled by it.
Nevertheless, Jaffrey does offer some great advice for discouraging the mucilage which is really down to the preparation and cooking style you choose.
a mass of fibrous matter about half an inch in thickness, richly impregnated with mucilage, which is obtained by macerating the fibrous mass, conveniently divided into small shreds, for about twelve hours, in warm water, in the proportion of about two handsful to eight gallons of water.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
Its chief constituent is a kind of mucilage, which dissolves to a stiff paste in boiling water, this containing some iodine, and much sulphur.