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slimy

[slahy-mee] /ˈslaɪ mi/
adjective, slimier, slimiest.
1.
of or like slime.
2.
abounding in or covered with slime.
3.
offensively foul or vile.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see slime, -y1
Related forms
slimily, adverb
sliminess, noun
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Examples for slimy
  • We reached into the slimy net, flipped it inside out and dumped the contents onto a mesh screen.
  • The current is not strong, but the rocks are slimy with hippo leavings.
  • We see some evidence of a slimy substance on our strings, but don't know if that is the beginning of crystal formation.
  • The leaves of watercress quickly become yellow and slimy when improperly handled.
  • These one-celled microorganisms can cause fruits and vegetables to get mushy or slimy, or meat to develop a bad odor.
British Dictionary definitions for slimy

slimy

/ˈslaɪmɪ/
adjective slimier, slimiest
1.
characterized by, covered with, containing, secreting, or resembling slime
2.
offensive or repulsive
3.
(mainly Brit) characterized by servility
Derived Forms
slimily, adverb
sliminess, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for slimy

any of certain fishes (order Perciformes) that are characterized by slimy bodies with small scales. They derive their name from the small but extendable mouth that slips out during feeding. The 3 genera and about 21 species are restricted to salt or brackish waters in the Indo-Pacific region

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