deliquesce


del·i·quesce

verb \ˌde-li-ˈkwes\
del·i·quesceddel·i·quesc·ing

Definition of DELIQUESCE

intransitive verb
1
:  to dissolve or melt away
2
:  to become soft or liquid with age or maturity —used of some fungal structures (as gills)

Examples of DELIQUESCE

  1. <a rotting tomato slowly deliquescing in the hot summer sun>

Origin of DELIQUESCE

Latin deliquescere, from de- + liquescere, inchoative of liquēre to be fluid — more at liquid
First Known Use: 1756

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