isinglass

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Apparently from obsolete Dutch huisenblas, German Hausenblase (sturgeon's bladder).

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isinglass (usually uncountable, plural isinglasses)

  1. A form of gelatine obtained from the air bladder of the sturgeon and certain other fish, used as an adhesive and as a clarifying agent for wine and beer.
  2. A thin, transparent sheet of mica.
    • 1943, Oscar Hammerstein II, "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top", Oklahoma! (libretto):
      The dashboard's genuine leather, / With isinglass curtains y' can roll right down, / In case there's a change in the weather.

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