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deliquesce

[ del-i-kwes ]
/ ˌdɛl ɪˈkwɛs /
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verb (used without object), del·i·quesced, del·i·quesc·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

1750–60; <Latin dēliquēscere to become liquid, equivalent to dē-de- + liquēscere;see liquescent
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British Dictionary definitions for deliquesce

deliquesce
/ (ˌdɛlɪˈkwɛs) /

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 dēliquēscere to melt away, become liquid, from de- + liquēscere to melt, from liquēre to be liquid
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