glair

[glair]
noun
1.
the white of an egg.
2.
a glaze or size made of egg white.
3.
any viscous substance like egg white.
verb (used with object)
4.
to coat with glair.
Also, glaire.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English glaire < Old French: white of an egg < Vulgar Latin *clāria; compare Latin clārus clear

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glair (ɡlɛə)
 
n
1.  white of egg, esp when used as a size, glaze, or adhesive, usually in bookbinding
2.  any substance resembling this
 
vb
3.  (tr) to apply glair to (something)
 
[C14: from Old French glaire, from Vulgar Latin clāria (unattested) clear, from Latin clārus]
 
'glairy
 
adj
 
'glaireous
 
adj
 
'glairiness
 
n

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The gilder wets the gesso with water and glair, a liquid drained from beaten egg whites.
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