adhesion*

Word of the Day for Friday, January 13, 2012

viscid \VIS-id\, adjective:
1. Having a glutinous consistency; sticky; adhesive.
2. Botany. Covered by a sticky substance.

Viscid comes from the Latin word for mistletoe, visc. Mistletoe was used to make a sticky paste to trap birds called birdlime.

[Wait, what? Mistletoe was used to trap birds? Why were people trapping birds? Let the birds go! NOW.]

*Adhesion is the tendency of dissimilar particles and/or surfaces to cling to one another (cohesion refers to the tendency of similar or identical particles/surfaces to cling to one another).

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