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[ dee-kuhm-pohzd ]


  1. having undergone decomposition.
  2. (of a feather) having the barbs separate, hanging loosely, and not interconnected by barbules.

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Other Words From

  • unde·com·posed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of decomposed1

First recorded in 1840–50; decompose + -ed 2

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Example Sentences

In the meantime, the police had used dental records to identity the less decomposed body as Laura Simonson.

He preferred the decomposed granite soil in the valley facing False Bay, claimed it, and named it Constantia.

Some 100,000 kilograms of decomposed corpses were transported to an estimated 30 secondary burial sites.

“The article appears to consist in whole or in part of a filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance,” noted the official report form.

But it was badly decomposed from the neck down because of the way it had been immersed in water for six weeks.

Indistinct specimens, apparently consisting of decomposed compact felspar.

Grey granite, consisting of brown and white mica, quartz, and a large proportion of felspar somewhat decomposed.

The gold cannot be decomposed: let a test be added, and the indestructible ore will re-appear.

He showed that the fustin-tannide could be decomposed by acetic acid into tannic acid and a glucoside, fustin C46H42O21.

The precipitate was filtered, washed, and decomposed by hydrogen sulphide in a mixture of water and ether.