June 28, 2018
gelatin (noun)
\JEL-uh-tun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : gummy or sticky protein obtained by boiling animal tissues and used as food, in photography, and in medicine2 : an edible jelly formed with gelatin3 : a thin colored transparent sheet used to color a stage light
How do you use it?
For our pool party we made a big pan of blue-colored gelatin decorated to look like a swimming pool.
Are you a word wiz?

Which word do you think is part of the same family as "gelatin"?

"Congeal" means "to change from a fluid to a solid state by or as if by cold." Congealing is what happens when you mix gelatin with hot water and then put it in the refrigerator to set up. The oldest meaning of "congeal" is "to freeze" which makes sense since "gelatin" and "congeal" trace to the Latin root "gelare" which also means "to freeze." Other members of the "gelare" family include "gelato," which names a soft rich ice cream, "gelation," which means "the action or process of freezing" and "jelly," which when made turns from a liquid to a more solid form as it cools so it's good to spread on toast.
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