visco-, visc-, viscos-, viscosi- +
(Latin: sticky, stickiness)
From Late Latin viscidus, from Latin viscum, "mistletoe".
2. Covered with a sticky or clammy coating.
3. In botany, covered by a sticky substance.
2. The property of being cohesive and sticky.
2. A sticky substance in flowers used to collect pollen or pollinia; entomological orchid pollination uses the viscidium dually.
When an insect initially becomes engaged with a second flower of a compatible species, the viscidium of this flower grabs the pollinia off of the host insect's back or head and sends the genetics down the column to the ovary of the flower which is located in the stalk.
If the insect is lacking pollinia clusters to implant into the viscidium, it simply receives a coating of sticky matter which will in return collect pollinia from the anther cap as it disengages the flower.
2. A substance obtained from various plants; especially, from berries of mistletoe.
2. A viscous solution prepared by treating cellulose with caustic soda and carbon bisulfide; used in manufacturing regenerated cellulose fibers, sheets, or tubes, as rayon or cellophane.
2. Resistance of a liquid to sheer forces (and hence to flow).
Water has a lower viscosity than molasses and so, as a result, it flows more easily.