Origin of lye
Examples from the Web for lye
Contemporary Examples of lye
Another discusses being bathed by her grandmother as a child with lye soap in an effort to lighten her complexion.Beyonce and the Myth of Black Beauty
March 2, 2012
Historical Examples of lye
When it is full, we pour the water in it, and catch the lye as it drips out.In the Midst of Alarms
Turn them frequently while in the lye, and wipe them dry afterwards.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Colours dyed in this way become fixed, and no soap or lye will ever wash them out.The Republic
The strong bases, like lye and caustic soda, are also called alkalies.
In the same way you were warned to have vinegar near at hand while you worked with lye.
Word Origin for lye
Old English læg, leag "lye," from Proto-Germanic *laugo (cf. Middle Dutch loghe, Dutch loog, Old High German louga, German Lauge "lye"), from PIE root *leue- "to wash" (see lave). The substance was formerly used in place of soap, hence Old High German luhhen "to wash," Old Norse laug "hot bath, hot spring," Danish lørdag, Swedish lördag "Saturday," literally "washing-day." Chamber-lye in early Modern English was the name for urine used as a detergent.