- the solution, containing alkaline salts, obtained by leaching wood ashes with water; lye.
- any solution obtained by leaching.
Origin of lixivium
First recorded in 1605–15, lixivium is from the Latin word lixīvium lye
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Examples from the Web for lixivium
This lixivium, being weak, should be run off into a separate tank.
He usually, however, refers to potash as lixivium or salt therefrom, and by other distinctive terms.De Re Metallica
If Lead be boiled for a long time in a lixivium of fixed alkali, part of it will be dissolved.
For this reason it is almost impossible to dry it thoroughly in the bason wherein you evaporate the lixivium.
Its lixivium gave some tokens of Sea-salt, by making a white precipitate in a solution of quick-silver.
- the alkaline solution obtained by leaching wood ash with water; lye
- any solution obtained by leaching
C17: from Late Latin, from lix lye