- to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts.
- to melt away.
- Botany. to form many small divisions or branches.
Origin of deliquesce
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The gills are free, flesh-colored, and inclined to deliquesce.
The plant at the extreme right has expanded and begun to deliquesce.
They'll deliquesce like fungi, and keep a hundred eulogists mopping the spot where they left off.A Plea for Captain John Brown
Henry David Thoreau
And all the substances which this acid unites with crystallize, and do not deliquesce.
The old name for the liquid formed when perchloride of iron is allowed to deliquesce by free exposure to the air.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- (esp of certain salts) to dissolve gradually in water absorbed from the air
- (esp of certain fungi) to dissolve into liquid, usually at maturity
- (of a plant stem) to form many branches
C18: from Latin dēliquēscere to melt away, become liquid, from de- + liquēscere to melt, from liquēre to be liquid
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Word Origin and History for deliquesce
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