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  1. lime1(def 1).
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Origin of quicklime

1350–1400; Middle English quyk lym, translation Latin calx vīva; see quick, lime1
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  1. another name for calcium oxide
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Word Origin for quicklime

C15: from quick (in the archaic sense: living) + lime 1
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Word Origin and History 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."

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