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verb (used with object), lix·iv·i·at·ed, lix·iv·i·at·ing.
  1. to treat with a solvent; leach.
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Origin of lixiviate

First recorded in 1640–50; lixivi(um) + -ate1
Related formslix·iv·i·a·tion, nounnon·lix·iv·i·at·ed, adjectivenon·lix·iv·i·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lixiviate


  1. (tr) chem a less common word for leach 1 (def. 1), lixiviate
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Derived Formslixivial, adjectivelixiviation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from lixivium
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Word Origin and History for lixiviate


1758, from past participle stem of Modern Latin lixiviare, from Latin lixivium, neuter of lixivius "made into lye," from lix "ashes, lye."

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