Unc"tu*ous (?; 135), a. [F. onctueux, LL. unctuosus, fr. L. unctus anointment, fr. ungere, unctum, to anoint. See Unguent.]

1.

Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy.

"The unctuous cheese."

Longfellow.

2.

Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.

3.

Bland; suave; also, tender; fervid; as, an unctuous speech; sometimes, insincerely suave or fervid.

-- Unc"tu*ous*ly, adv. -- Unc"tu*ous*ness, n.

 

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