from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thick, golden-brown viscous solution of cellulose xanthate, used in the manufacture of rayon and cellophane.
- n. Viscose rayon.
- adj. Viscous.
- adj. Of, relating to, or made from viscose.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A viscous orange-brown liquid obtained by chemical treatment of cellulose and used as the basis of manufacturing rayon and cellulose film.
- n. A fabric made from this material.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The trade-name of a plastic material made from cellulose (cotton fiber) by treatment with a solution of caustic soda, addition of carbon disulphid, and digestion at ordinary temperature until a homogeneous liquid is produced, a solution of cellulose thiocarbonate, from which a structureless jelly-like coagulum of cellulose is formed by spontaneous decomposition. Cellulose tetra-acetate may also be used to obtain viscose. Mineral pigments, hydrocarbons, and other substances may be incorporated with viscose before it is molded into special shapes for use. A fiber imitating silk in luster has also been prepared from this material.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rayon fabric made from viscose (cellulose xanthate) fibers
- n. a cellulose ester obtained by treating cellulose with caustic soda
visc(ous) + -ose2. Adj., sense 1, Middle English viscous, from Late Latin viscōsus, from Latin viscum, mistletoe, birdlime made from mistletoe berries.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin viscosus, from viscum, birdlime. (Wiktionary)