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viscose

[vis-kohs] /ˈvɪs koʊs/
noun
1.
a viscous solution prepared by treating cellulose with caustic soda and carbon bisulfide: used in manufacturing regenerated cellulose fibers, sheets, or tubes, as rayon or cellophane.
2.
viscose rayon.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or made from viscose.
4.
Origin of viscose
1350-1400
1350-1400 for def 4; 1895-1900 for def 1; (in def 4) < Late Latin viscōsus viscous (see -ose1); (in def 1) < Latin visc(um) birdlime + -ose2
Can be confused
vicious, viscose, viscous.
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British Dictionary definitions for viscose

viscose

/ˈvɪskəʊs/
noun
1.
  1. a viscous orange-brown solution obtained by dissolving cellulose in sodium hydroxide and carbon disulphide. It can be converted back to cellulose by an acid, as in the manufacture of rayon and cellophane
  2. (as modifier): viscose rayon
2.
rayon made from this material
adjective
3.
another word for viscous
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin viscōsus full of birdlime, sticky, from viscum birdlime; see viscid
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