Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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vegetable glue

An adhesive made from vegetable materials, as, for example, by treating starch with an alkali. Vegetable glue is soluble in water and gives a high "solids to water" ratio, which justifies its use as a substitute for animal glue in certain applications. The glue lack the rapid initial set characteristic of animal glue but it can be made to give reasonably satisfactory results with careful use. Because it does not have to be heated, it offers the important advantage of always being ready for immediate use. See also: DEXTRIN , (198 , 355 )

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