Origin of lye
Examples from the Web for lyes
Fama enim grescit eundo, even unto incredible wonders and miracles, or rather fictions, and lyes.Spadacrene Anglica|Edmund Deane
The third may be, when it so falls out, that it lyes not in his power that made the promise to performe it.Machiavelli, Volume I|Niccol Machiavelli
Again allow the lyes to settle and put aside a sample of the lye for comparison.
His first care is his clothes, and the next his body, and in the uniting of these two lyes his judgment.Microcosmography|John Earle
Allow the lyes to settle and with an inverted pipette draw off the lyes into a test tube or bottle.
British Dictionary definitions for lyes
Word Origin for lye
Word Origin and History for lyes
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.