lixiviate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin lixivio, from lixivius (made into lye), from lix (ashes, lye).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

lixiviate (third-person singular simple present lixiviates, present participle lixiviating, simple past and past participle lixiviated)

  1. To separate (a substance) into soluble and insoluble components through percolation; to leach.
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      the Slaves are out in the Storm, doing their Owners’ Laundry, observing and reading each occurrence of Blood, Semen, Excrement, Saliva, Urine, Sweat, Road-Mud, dead Skin, and other such Data of Biography, whose pure form they practice Daily, before all is lixiviated ’neath Heaven.

Adjective[edit]

lixiviate (comparative more lixiviate, superlative most lixiviate)

  1. Of or relating to lye or lixivium; of the quality of alkaline salts.
  2. Impregnated with salts from wood ashes.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Boyle to this entry?)

Noun[edit]

lixiviate (plural lixiviates)

  1. leachate