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[lik-siv-ee-uh m]
noun, plural lix·iv·i·ums, lix·iv·i·a [lik-siv-ee-uh] /lɪkˈsɪv i ə/.
  1. the solution, containing alkaline salts, obtained by leaching wood ashes with water; lye.
  2. any solution obtained by leaching.
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Origin of lixivium

First recorded in 1605–15, lixivium is from the Latin word lixīvium lye
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British Dictionary definitions for lixivia


noun plural -iums or -ia (-ɪə)
  1. the alkaline solution obtained by leaching wood ash with water; lye
  2. any solution obtained by leaching
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Word Origin for lixivium

C17: from Late Latin, from lix lye
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