isinglass

isinglass

[ahy-zuhn-glas, -glahs, ahy-zing-]
noun
1.
a pure, transparent or translucent form of gelatin, obtained from the air bladders of certain fish, especially the sturgeon: used in glue and jellies and as a clarifying agent.
2.
mica, especially in thin, translucent sheets.

Origin:
1535–45; < Middle Dutch huysenblase (with glass for blase by folk etymology), literally, sturgeon bladder; cognate with German Hausenblase

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isinglass (ˈaɪzɪŋˌɡlɑːs)
 
n
a gelatine made from the air bladders of freshwater fish, used as a clarifying agent and adhesive
 
[C16: from Middle Dutch huysenblase, literally: sturgeon bladder; influenced by English glass]

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isinglass
1528, said to be perversion of Du. huysenblas, lit. "sturgeon bladder," from huysen "sturgeon" + blas "bladder;" so called because the substance was obtained from it.
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isinglass   (ī'zən-glās', ī'zĭng-)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A transparent, almost pure gelatin prepared from the inner membrane of the swim bladder of the sturgeon and certain other fishes. It is used as an adhesive and a clarifying agent.

  2. Mica, especially in the form of the mineral muscovite.


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