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

  • adj. Thick and adhesive. Used of a fluid.
  • adj. Covered with a sticky or clammy coating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Viscous; having a high viscosity.
  • adj. Sticky, slimy, or glutinous.
  • adj. Covered with a viscid layer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sticking or adhering, and having a ropy or glutinous consistency; viscous; glutinous; sticky; tenacious; clammy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sticky; having a sticky or glutinous consistency; produced by or covered by a tenacious coating or secretion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having the sticky properties of an adhesive


Late Latin viscidus, from Latin viscum, mistletoe, birdlime made from mistletoe berries.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin viscidus, from viscumbirdlime’. (Wiktionary)


  • The nattō strings itself are often described by the Japanese ideophone nebaneba, which roughly translates as 'viscid' or 'gooey'.

    Anime Nano!

  • Considerably more alarming was a series of photographs of Linder and an American gallerist accomplice covered in a wild array of gloopy, dripping colour; in one image, only the artist's eyes were recognisable, such was the quantity of what seemed to be viscid pigment.

    Linder, the artist with the hex factor

  • With the ingestion, she trembles, the meal, thawed, invested now by all of him, crumbling, eyes strained wide, blood moving in viscid rivers, her venom coming back to poison her.

    Kissing Cobras

  • The hippos, sodden and viscid ... the crocodiles, deaf, angry, hungry ... swambats, as furious as rhinoceri whose size they doubled ...

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

  • The vague goggling eyes...were cold and merciless in their viscid hatred...

    Sky Monsters

  • More generally, an association between Larrea, tarbush (Florensia cernua) and viscid acacia (Acacia neovernicosa) dominates the northernmost portion of the desert.

    Chihuahuan desert

  • The crescent-shaped floor of the caldera teems with a network of smaller volcanic mouths, cones, domes, lava channels, dikes, lavas from light felsic flows to viscid red lavas and black obsidian blocks, ochre plains of sandy alluvial deposits and red and black volcanic ejecta, scoria, lapilli and pumice, from a long series of basaltic effusions.

    Teide National Park, Spain

  • Tucson is the viscid sump toward which all these rough beasts slink, and apocalypse-specifically the end of the white man's reign in the Americas and the triumphant reclamation by Native Americans of their lands-is the crossbred offspring of all of their mongrelizing enterprises.

    Reports From The Heartland

  • The stew was barely warm but David started to eat anyway, hoping to forget his troubles for a little while as he shoveled the viscid beef out of the can.

    Final Theory

  • If is is not boiling rapidly, there is a possibility of the pasta becoming water-logged and viscid.

    Archive 2008-07-01


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  • Our lungs, too viscid to have diffused
    the sulphur of last year's holocaust,
    have merely ingested another's and groan...

    - Peter Reading, November 6th, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008

  • Ooh, this word gives good mouthfeel. Interesting usage on staphelia.

    March 6, 2008