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adhesive (adj.)

"sticky, cleaving or clinging," 1660s, from French adhésif, formed in French from Latin adhaes-, past-participle stem of adhaerere "stick to" (see adherent (adj.)).

adhesive (n.)

1881, from adhesive (adj.). Originally of postage stamps, short for adhesive stamp (1840). By 1900 as "a substance that causes to adhere."

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