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[gloot-n-uh s] /ˈglut n əs/
of the nature of glue; gluey; viscid; sticky.
Origin of glutinous
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; < Latin glūtinōsus gluey, sticky. See gluten, -ous
Related forms
glutinously, adverb
glutinousness, glutinosity
[gloot-n-os-i-tee] /ˌglut nˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
unglutinosity, noun
unglutinous, adjective
unglutinously, adverb
unglutinousness, noun
Can be confused
glutenous, glutinous, gluttonous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glutinous
  • Villagers set out in boats, throwing glutinous rice cakes into the water to distract the fish from his body.
  • When the glutinous rice starts to smoke and blister, it's done.
  • Then for days he hovers over his glutinous brood, waiting for the first fingerlings to emerge, pouncing on any intruders.
  • As the rocks plopped into the mash, they sent up jets of steam and glutinous bubbles, until the whole kettle was boiling.
  • They're excessive, glutinous, and highly entertaining.
  • It's the translucent, glutinous substance that skims to the top when you boil meat.
  • Ducks followed these to the table, limp on their plates beneath golden skin, stuffed with eight-treasure glutinous rice.
  • But it was a thick, glutinous pancake, not a crispy bread by any stretch.
  • It is prepared by steaming a fermented dough made from glutinous rice flour and rice wine.
  • The glutinous rice appears a red brown color, while the non-glutinous rice appears a blue color.
British Dictionary definitions for glutinous


resembling glue in texture; sticky
Derived Forms
glutinously, adverb
glutinousness, glutinosity (ˌɡluːtɪˈnɒsɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for glutinous

"of the nature of glue," early 15c. (implied c.1400 in glutinosity), from Latin glutinosus "gluey, viscous, tenacious," from gluten (genitive glutinis) "glue" (see glue (n.)).

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glutinous in Medicine

glutinous glu·ti·nous (glōōt'n-əs)
Adhesive; sticky.

glu'ti·nous·ness or glu'ti·nos'i·ty (-ŏs'ĭ-tē) n.
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