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Would you please tell what does slime-slicked mean?

"She pointed at a house just ahead; there it stood and Sai felt a moment of shock.
It was a small, slime-slicked cube; the walls must have been made with cement corrupted by sand, because it came spilling forth from pockmarks as if from a punctured bag."

It's part of Inheritance of Loss, a novel by Kiran Desai.
Thank you so much.
  • DocPenfro

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    English - British
    The "slime" is probably the green algae that grows at ground level on damp walls. "Slick" is usually found in the phrase "oil slick", which is a patch of oil on the surface of water; I would understand "slicked" to be an allusion to this. The walls were partly covered with slippery green algae.
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