glaireous – Ivy Alvarez

I discovered this word while I was reading Under the Skin by Michel Faber. Isn’t it marvellous? I like how it contains all the vowels. I collect words like that – tuck them away in my head. You never know when you might need one: playing Scrabble, maybe. It means covered with glaire or egg white. From Old French glaire, from Latin clarus, ‘bright’, ‘clear’.


(Image: photo by Dmitry Bayer)