Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To wash or percolate the soluble matter from.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To separate (a substance) into soluble and insoluble components through percolation; to leach.
  • adj. Of or relating to lye or lixivium; of the quality of alkaline salts.
  • adj. Impregnated with salts from wood ashes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to lye or lixivium; of the quality of alkaline salts.
  • adj. Impregnated with salts from wood ashes.
  • transitive v. To subject to a washing process for the purpose of separating soluble material from that which is insoluble; to leach, as ashes, for the purpose of extracting the alkaline substances.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To subject to the process of lixiviation; form into lye; impregnate with salts from wood-ashes: as, lixiviated water.
  • Pertaining to lye or lixivium; of the nature of alkaline salts.
  • Impregnated with salts from wood-ashes.

Etymologies

Late Latin lixīvium, lye (from Latin lixīvius, of lye, from lix, lye) + -ate1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lixivio, from lixivius ("made into lye"), from lix ("ashes, lye"). (Wiktionary)

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