laitance

[ leyt-ns ]
/ ˈleɪt ns /

noun

a milky deposit on the surface of new cement or concrete, usually caused by too much water.

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Origin of laitance

1905–10; special use of French laitance milt, equivalent to lait milk (<Latin lact-, stem of lac) + -ance-ance
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