Definitions

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

  • suffix A substance that can be decomposed by a specified process: electrolyte.

Etymologies

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

From Greek lutos, soluble, from lūein, to loosen; see leu- in Indo-European roots.

Examples

  • Whether or not he knew the name, Sheikh Ahmad had good reason to be intensely annoyed with a Japanese noodle vendor from Miye prefecture, one Kokichi Mikimoto, who had become obsessed with oysters and pearls and had devoted many difficult years to developing the technique for cultivating pearls artificially.

    The Prize

  • Kotoshirodo, a $75-per-month clerk in the consulate, was paired with Morimura after Vice Consul Otojiro Okuda dismissed Third Secretary Kokichi Seki from the spy team.

    DAY OF DECEIT

  • Ultimately, my father’s father—his name was Kokichi—would make his way all the way up to what is in Japan an important position indeed, vice president of a state university.

    Zero Regrets

  • Kokichi Seki, the consulate’s thirty-nine-year-old Third Secretary, was particularly miffed at Morimura.

    DAY OF DECEIT

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