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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: gelee, from geler 'to freeze', from Latin gelare

jelly

noun
     
jel‧ly plural jellies
1 [uncountable and countable] British EnglishDFF a soft sweet food made from fruit juice and gelatin [= Jell-O American English]
raspberry jelly
2 [uncountable and countable]DFF a thick sweet substance made from boiled fruit and sugar with no pieces of fruit in it, eaten especially on bread [↪ jam]:
a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
damson jelly
3 [uncountable] especially British EnglishDFF a soft solid substance made from meat juices and gelatin
4 [uncountable]HB a substance that is solid but very soft, and moves easily when you touch it:
frogs' eggs floating in a protective jelly
5

feel like/turn to jelly

if your legs or knees feel like jelly, they start to shake because you are frightened or nervous
6

jellies

[plural] British English informal a drug that makes you feel relaxed and sleepy, which some people use illegally
7

jellies

[plural] shoes made of clear coloured plastic
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