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- n. A gradual oxidation from exposure to air and moisture, as in the decay of old trees or dead animals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gradual oxidation from exposure to air and moisture, as in the decay of old trees or of dead animals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In chem., a slow combustion or oxidation; the act of gradual combination of the combustible elements of a body with the oxygen of the air, as in the slow decay of wood, in the formation of acetic acid from alcohol, or of niter by the decomposition of animal matter, and in numerous other processes: a term introduced by Liebig.
New Latin, from Ancient Greek, "quietly burning". (Wiktionary)