viscous
adjective Etymology: Middle English viscouse, from Anglo-French viscos, from Late Latin viscosus full of birdlime, viscous, from Latin viscum mistletoe, birdlime; akin to Old High German wīhsila cherry, Greek ixos mistletoe Date: 14th century 1. viscid 2. having or characterized by viscosity <
viscous lava
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viscously adverbviscousness noun

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  • Viscous — Vis cous, a. [L. viscosus. See {Viscid}.] Adhesive or sticky, and having a ropy or glutinous consistency; viscid; glutinous; clammy; tenacious; as, a viscous juice. {Vis cous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] Note: There is no well defined distinction in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • viscous — (adj.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. viscous, from L.L. viscosus sticky, from L. viscum anything sticky, birdlime made from mistletoe, mistletoe, probably from PIE root *weis to melt away, flow (used of foul or malodorous fluids); see VIRUS (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • viscous — index coherent (joined) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • viscous — [adj] sticky, gummy adhesive, clammy, gelatinous, gluey*, glutinous, gooey*, mucilaginous, ropy, slimy, stiff, syrupy, tenacious, thick, tough, viscid; concept 606 Ant. unsticky, watery …   New thesaurus

  • viscous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid; having a high viscosity. ORIGIN Latin viscosus, from viscum birdlime …   English terms dictionary

  • viscous — [vis′kəs] adj. [ME viscouse < LL viscosus < L viscum, birdlime made from mistletoe berries, mistletoe, prob. < IE base * weis : see VIRUS] 1. having a cohesive and sticky fluid consistency; viscid 2. Physics having viscosity viscously… …   English World dictionary

  • viscous — vis|cous [ˈvıskəs] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Late Latin; Origin: viscosus, from Latin viscum mistletoe, sticky substance used for catching birds ] technical a viscous liquid is thick and sticky and does not flow easily ▪ As the liquid cools, it… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • viscous — [[t]vɪ̱skəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED A viscous liquid is thick and sticky. ...dark, viscous blood …   English dictionary

  • viscous — Sticky; marked by high viscosity. [see viscid, viscosity] * * * vis·cous vis kəs adj 1) having a glutinous consistency and the quality of sticking or adhering: VISCID 2) having or characterized by viscosity <a viscous flow> * * * vis·cous… …   Medical dictionary

  • viscous — adj. Viscous is used with these nouns: ↑liquid, ↑substance …   Collocations dictionary

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