isinglass
noun Etymology: probably by folk etymology from obsolete Dutch huizenblas, from Middle Dutch huusblase, from huus sturgeon + blase bladder Date: 1535 1. a semitransparent whitish very pure gelatin prepared from the air bladders of fishes (as sturgeons) and used especially as a clarifying agent and in jellies and glue 2. mica especially when in thin transparent sheets; especially muscovite 2

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  • Isinglass — is a substance obtained from the swimbladders of fish (especially Beluga sturgeon); used mainly for the clarification of wine and beer, it is a form of collagen. Use in foods and drinks Prior to the inexpensive production of gelatin and other… …   Wikipedia

  • isinglass — [izɛ̃glas] n. m. ÉTYM. 1803, Volney (→ ex. ci dessous); mot angl., 1660 (isonglas, 1545), altér. probable, d après glass « verre », du néerl. huisenblas, du moyen néerl. huusblas, proprt « vessie d esturgeon », de huus « esturgeon », et blas «… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Isinglass — I sin*glass, n. [Prob. corrupted fr. D. huizenblas (akin to G. hausenblase), lit., bladder of the huso, or large sturgeon; huizen sturgeon + blas bladder. Cf. {Bladder}, {Blast} a gust of wind.] [1913 Webster] 1. A semitransparent, whitish, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • isinglass — 1520s, said to be perversion of Du. huysenblas, lit. sturgeon bladder, from huysen sturgeon + blas bladder; so called because the substance was obtained from it …   Etymology dictionary

  • isinglass — [ī′zin glas΄, ī′ziŋglas΄] n. [prob. altered < MDu huizenblas, lit., sturgeon bladder < huizen, sturgeon + blas, bladder] 1. a form of gelatin prepared from the internal membranes of fish bladders: it is used as a clarifying agent and… …   English World dictionary

  • isinglass — Mica Mi ca, n. [L. mica crumb, grain, particle; cf. F. mica.] (Min.) The name of a group of minerals characterized by highly perfect cleavage, so that they readily separate into very thin leaves, more or less elastic. They differ widely in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • isinglass — noun /ˈʌɪzɪŋɡlɑːs,ˈaɪzɪŋɡlæs/ a) A form of gelatine obtained from the air bladder of the sturgeon and certain other fish, used as an adhesive and as a clarifying agent for wine and beer. The dashboards genuine leather, / With isinglass curtains y …   Wiktionary

  • isinglass — (entrée créée par le supplément) (i zin glass ) s. m. Nom anglais de la colle de poisson.    Isinglass végétal, nom de la gélose (voy. ce mot au Supplément), Journ. offic. 3 avril 1876, p. 2385 1re col. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Le mot est venu aux Anglais… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • isinglass — [16] Early modern Dutch huysen meant ‘sturgeon’ and blas denoted ‘bladder’. Put them together and you had huysenblas, which English took over as a term not for the sturgeon’s air bladder itself, but for the gelatinous substance obtained from it – …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • isinglass — [16] Early modern Dutch huysen meant ‘sturgeon’ and blas denoted ‘bladder’. Put them together and you had huysenblas, which English took over as a term not for the sturgeon’s air bladder itself, but for the gelatinous substance obtained from it – …   Word origins

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