Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Liquefying in the air; capable of becoming liquid by attracting moisture from the atmosphere: as, deliquescent salts.
- Hence Apt to dissolve or melt away; wasting away by or as if by melting.
- In vegetable histology, liquefying or melting away gradually, as part of the normal process of growth.
- In botany, branching in such a way that the stem is lost in the branches.
- n. A substance which becomes liquid by attracting moisture from the air.
- n. In botany, becoming liquid at maturity, as certain agarics.
- adj. chemistry absorbing moisture from the air and forming a solution
- adj. botany Branching so that the stem is lost in branches, as in most deciduous trees.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Dissolving; liquefying by contact with the air; capable of attracting moisture from the atmosphere and becoming liquid.
- adj. (Bot.) Branching so that the stem is lost in branches, as in most deciduous trees.
- adj. (especially of certain salts) becoming liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
- Latin deliquescens, present participle of deliquesco; de + liquesco ("I melt"): compare French déliquescent. (Wiktionary)
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“His songs have been co-opted of late under the ironic rubric of "yacht rock," but classic songs like "Sailing" and "Ride Like the Wind"—both from a ubiquitous debut album with a deliquescent pink flamingo on it—serve nonetheless now as minor masterpieces of melody and mood.”
“Dean creates webs of deliquescent, wintry sounds, through which the singer threads the atomised texts, syllable by syllable; it's fragile and transient, and finally delicately elusive.”
“It is like putting your foot on a rock only to find that it has become deliquescent and trickled away.”
“As we crossed the Station Heath on our way back, I checked the damp peat for sundew plants, and they too were still there, leaves unfurled so an unwary insect might trigger their honeyed, deliquescent tentacles.”
“When, on the other hand, the composition of the deliquescent particles is congenial to the tongue, and disposes the parts according to their nature, this remedial power in them is called sweet.”
“There was a time when naif alphabetters would have written it down the tracing of a purely deliquescent recidivist, possibly ambidextrous, snubnosed probably and presenting a strangely profound rainbowl in his (or her) occiput.”
“Besides which he was deliquescent and scarlet, and felt so.”
“Guermantes, who, a great deal more ‘old French’ even than the Duke when he was not trying, did often deliberately seek to be, but in a manner the opposite of the lace-neckcloth, deliquescent style of her husband and in reality far more subtle, by a sort of almost peasant pronunciation which had a harsh and delicious flavour of the soil.”
“But you will not care for it; it is not deliquescent enough, not fin de siècle enough for you; it is too frank, too honest; what you want is Bergotte, you have confessed it, high game for the jaded palates of pleasure-seeking epicures.”
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