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Origin of quicklime
Examples from the Web for quicklime
Whenever the furnace is cooled, so that the stone can attract moisture from the atmosphere, it falls into quicklime.
How was he to get the quicklime into the vault, and Drood, alive, out of the vault?The Puzzle of Dickens's Last Plot|Andrew Lang
A quantity of quicklime was thrown in with the body to destroy all identification.The Chronicles of Newgate, v. 2/2|Arthur Griffiths
Of the sick troops from 12 to 1,500 per day were buried without the town, and quicklime thrown in.Before and after Waterloo|Edward Stanley
The foreign community was set free, and the drug destroyed by being mixed with quicklime.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIV|John Lord
Word Origin for quicklime
late 14c., from quick (adj.) "living" + lime (n.1). A loan-translation of Latin calx viva. So called perhaps for being unquenched, or for the vigorousness of its qualities; cf. Old English cwicfyr "sulfur."