from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Resembling mucilage; moist and sticky.
- adjective Relating to, consisting of, or secreting mucilage.
from The Century Dictionary.
- In anatomy, muciparous; secreting a glairy or viscid substance like mucus: specifically applied to synovial membranes, certain of whose fringed vascular processes were called
mucilaginous glandsby Clopton Havers in 1691.
- Slimy; ropy; moist, soft, and slightly viscid; partaking of the nature of mucilage: as, a mucilaginous gum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Partaking of the nature of, or resembling, mucilage; moist, soft, and viscid; slimy; ropy.
- adjective Of, pertaining to, or secreting, mucilage.
- adjective Soluble in water, but not in alcohol; yielding mucilage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Of, pertaining to, or resembling
mucus; slimyand viscous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective having the sticky properties of an adhesive
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Christine -- "mucilaginous" is a disgusting adjective and shouldn't be attached to anything edible.
My grandmother used to make it and I distinctly remember making my mind up to hate it before I ever tried it based entirely on the word "mucilaginous" which always occured in the same breath as "okra.".
You can read sample definitions of okra (containing the word "mucilaginous") at Dictionary. com or Hyperdictionary; there's also one without in the Wikipedia (though the word does appear later on the page in the discussion of how to cook okra).
Harper I drank last night has both intoxicating and mucilaginous properties.
The principle problem to overcome when making strawberry jam is their lack of pectin, which, according to Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery Course, is a "mucilaginous substance" tasty that rather handily, acts a setting agent.
Due to the mucilaginous nature of cactus fruit, tunas are a natural for making a sorbet or ice cream.
Then there's the mistake of cooking them to death, at which point, Joe says, "they would turn into a mucilaginous mush."
When fenugreek seeds are moistened with water they become slightly mucilaginous and hence the tea made from them has the power to dissolve sticky substances such as mucus.
Algal communities in shallow flowing or static wetlands produce mats or mucilaginous clusters that float in the water but are attached to rocks underneath .
The root has a styptic bitter taste ; the leaves and flowers are bitter and mucilaginous.