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deliquesce

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verb del·i·quesce \ˌde-li-ˈkwes\

Definition of deliquesce

del·i·quesceddel·i·quesc·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to dissolve or melt away

  3. 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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