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Definition of isinglass (Meaning of isinglass)
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Isinglass I"sin*glass, n. [Prob. corrupted fr. D. huizenblas
	     (akin to G. hausenblase), lit., bladder of the huso, or large
	     sturgeon; huizen sturgeon + blas bladder. Cf. {Bladder},
	     {Blast} a gust of wind.]
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	     1. A semitransparent, whitish, and very pure form of gelatin,
	        chiefly prepared from the sounds or air bladders of
	        various species of sturgeons (as the {Acipenser huso})
	        found in the rivers of Western Russia. It used for making
	        jellies, as a clarifier, etc. Cheaper forms of gelatin are
	        not unfrequently so called. Called also {fish glue}.
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	     2. (Min.) A popular name for mica, especially when in thin
	        sheets.
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	  Mica Mi"ca, n. [L. mica crumb, grain, particle; cf. F. mica.]
	     (Min.)
	     The name of a group of minerals characterized by highly
	     perfect cleavage, so that they readily separate into very
	     thin leaves, more or less elastic. They differ widely in
	     composition, and vary in color from pale brown or yellow to
	     green or black. The transparent forms are used in lanterns,
	     the doors of stoves, etc., being popularly called
	     {isinglass}. Formerly called also {cat-silver}, and
	     {glimmer}.
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	     Note: The important species of the mica group are:
	           {muscovite}, common or potash mica, pale brown or
	           green, often silvery, including {damourite} (also
	           called {hydromica} and {muscovy glass}); {biotite},
	           iron-magnesia mica, dark brown, green, or black;
	           {lepidomelane}, iron, mica, black; {phlogopite},
	           magnesia mica, colorless, yellow, brown; {lepidolite},
	           lithia mica, rose-red, lilac.
	           [1913 Webster] Mica (usually muscovite, also biotite)
	           is an essential constituent of granite, gneiss, and
	           mica slate; {biotite} is common in many eruptive rocks;
	           {phlogopite} in crystalline limestone and serpentine.
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	     {Mica diorite} (Min.), an eruptive rock allied to diorite but
	        containing mica (biotite) instead of hornblende.
	
	     {Mica powder}, a kind of dynamite containing fine scales of
	        mica.
	
	     {Mica schist}, {Mica slate} (Geol.), a schistose rock,
	        consisting of mica and quartz with, usually, some
	        feldspar.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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