Definitions

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  • n. A solution of alkaline salts extracted from wood ashes.
  • n. Any solution obtained by lixiviation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A solution of alkaline salts extracted from wood ashes; hence, any solution obtained by lixiviation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Water impregnated with alkaline salts extracted from wood-ashes; lye: sometimes applied to other extracts.

Etymologies

Latin lixivium, lixivia. See lixivial. (Wiktionary)

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  • "'Now, the first is a little spirit of sal ammoniack,'—he poured a small amount of powder in as he spoke—'the second contains lixivium of tartar, then spirit of vitriol, spirit of salt and lastly, syrup of violets.'"
    —Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost (New York: Riverhead Books, 1998), 127

    October 6, 2008