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deliquesce

[ del-i-kwes ]
/ 藢d蓻l 瑟藞kw蓻s /
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Definition of deliquesce

verb (used without object), del路i路quesced, del路i路quesc路ing.
to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts.
to melt away.
Botany. to form many small divisions or branches.
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Origin of deliquesce

1750鈥60; <Latin d膿liqu膿scere to become liquid, equivalent to d膿-de- + liqu膿scere;see liquescent
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British Dictionary definitions for deliquesce

deliquesce
/ (藢d蓻l瑟藞kw蓻s) /

verb (intr)
(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

Word Origin for deliquesce

C18: from Latin d膿liqu膿scere to melt away, become liquid, from de- + liqu膿scere to melt, from liqu膿re to be liquid
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