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[ lee-cheyt ]
/ ˈli tʃeɪt /


a solution resulting from leaching, as of soluble constituents from soil, landfill, etc., by downward percolating ground water: Leachates in the town's water supply have been traced to a chemical-waste dump.

Nearby words

le vau, louis, lea, lea-rig, lea., leach, leachate, leaching, leachy, leacock, leacock, stephen butler, lead

Origin of leachate

First recorded in 1930–35; leach1 + -ate2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for leachate


/ (ˈliːtʃeɪt) /


water that carries salts dissolved out of materials through which it has percolated, esp polluted water from a refuse tip
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Word Origin and History for leachate



1920, from leach + -ate (1).

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