Middle English Dictionary Entry

gleu n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Any of various prepared substances used for sticking or binding things together; glue; thik as ~, tough as ~; ~ pot a utensil for melting glue; (b) fig. ~ of love, ~ of charite, love's binding power; (c) ~ of parties, ~ of wateres, natural moisture or water as a binding element.
(a) Glue obtained from the sounds or air bladders of fish; fish-glue, isinglass; ~ of fish(es, fish ~; (b) any of various viscous medicinal preparations made from vegetable matter; (c) solder; souding ~; (d) a size used in painting; (e) ~ of gold, a preparation for fastening gold leaf.
Birdlime; fig. a snare.
Mineral pitch, bitumen.
A natural gum or resinous juice.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • c1483(?a1450) OT in Caxton Gold.Leg.(Caxton)40aa : Whan Noe was entrid, he shitte the dore fast withoutforth and lymed it with glewe.
  • c1483(?a1450) OT in Caxton Gold.Leg.(Caxton)39ba : Make to the an arcke..and lyme it with cleye and pitch within and without, that is to wete with glewe whiche is so feruente that the tymbre may not be losed.
Note: Additional quotes, sense 3.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 Dc.45 Artist.Recipes (Dc 45) 147/20 : To make glw for bokys. Take þe sowndes of stokfysche, [etc.].
  • Note: New spelling.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. glue.