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colloid (n.)

1854, "a substance in a gelatinous or gluey state," from French colloide (1845), from Greek kolla "glue," which is of uncertain origin, + -oeides "form" (see -oid). Also an adjective, "like glue or jelly."

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Definitions of colloid from WordNet

colloid (n.)
a mixture with properties between those of a solution and fine suspension;
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