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glair

[glair] /glɛər/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English glaire < Old French: white of an egg < Vulgar Latin *clāria; compare Latin clārus clear
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  • The gilder wets the gesso with water and glair, a liquid drained from beaten egg whites.
British Dictionary definitions for glair

glair

/ɡlɛə/
noun
1.
white of egg, esp when used as a size, glaze, or adhesive, usually in bookbinding
2.
any substance resembling this
verb
3.
(transitive) to apply glair to (something)
Derived Forms
glairy, glaireous, adjective
glairiness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French glaire, from Vulgar Latin clāria (unattested) clear, from Latin clārus
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Word Origin and History for glair
n.

white of an egg, c.1300, from Old French glaire "white of egg, slime, mucus" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *claria (ovi) "white part (of an egg)," from Latin clarus "bright, clear" (see clear (adj.)).

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