quicklime

[kwik-lahym]
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noun


Nearby words

  1. quickening,
  2. quicker than you can say jack robinson,
  3. quickfire,
  4. quickhatch,
  5. quickie,
  6. quickly,
  7. quickness,
  8. quicksand,
  9. quickset,
  10. quicksilver

Origin of quicklime

1350–1400; Middle English quyk lym, translation Latin calx vīva; see quick, lime1

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British Dictionary definitions for quicklime

quicklime

noun

another name for calcium oxide

Word Origin for quicklime

C15: from quick (in the archaic sense: living) + lime 1

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Word Origin and History for quicklime

quicklime

n.

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."

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