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lixivium

[ lik-siv-ee-uhm ]

noun

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


lixivium

/ lɪkˈsɪvɪəm /

noun

  1. the alkaline solution obtained by leaching wood ash with water; lye
  2. any solution obtained by leaching


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Word History and Origins

Origin of lixivium1

First recorded in 1605–15, lixivium is from the Latin word lixīvium lye

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lixivium1

C17: from Late Latin, from lix lye

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Example Sentences

Lixivium means made into lye; hence, of the color of ashes and water.

A war of pamphlets followed, Ranby, the serjeant-surgeon, maintaining that the patient had died of the lixivium.

Alkaline lixivium dissolves (though sometimes with difficulty) mucus, and generally pus.

Upon a somewhat higher level the cisterns of the clear lixivium may be placed.

This lixivium, being weak, should be run off into a separate tank.

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