Definition of


  1. (adj, all) having a relatively high resistance to flow
  2. (adj, all) having the sticky properties of an adhesive

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Alternate forms of Viscous

Derivations: viscosity, viscousness

Origin of the word Viscous

  1. 1392, from Anglo-Fr. viscous, from L.L. viscosus "sticky," from L. viscum "anything sticky, birdlime made from mistletoe, mistletoe," probably from PIE base *weis- "to melt away, flow" (used of foul or malodorous fluids); see virus. more

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