follow Dictionary.com

Word of the Day
Friday, January 13, 2012

Definitions for viscid

  1. Having a glutinous consistency; sticky; adhesive.
  2. Botany. Covered by a sticky substance.

Learn something
new every day


GET OUR


Thank youfor signing up
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for viscid
This was the moment for the curious, shading their faces from the fiery glow, to plunge their walking-sticks into the viscid mass and dip out portions of the lava. T. M. Coan, "An Island of Fire," Scribner's Monthly
But now a snake commenced to coil around my feet, and with a momentary terror I rushed forward, only to strike a rock and fall into a viscid pool. Will L. Garver, Brother of the Third Degree
Origin of viscid
1625-1635
Viscid comes from the Latin word for mistletoe, visc. Mistletoe was used to make a sticky paste to trap birds called birdlime. It is clearly also related to the word "viscous."