adhesive (adj.) Look up adhesive at Dictionary.com
1660s, from French adhésif, formed in French from Latin adhaes-, past participle stem of adhaere (see adherent (adj.)).
adhesive (n.) Look up adhesive at Dictionary.com
1881, from adhesive (adj.). Originally of postage stamps, short for adhesive stamp (1840). By 1900 as "a substance that causes to adhere."