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lye

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lye

noun \ˈlī\

: a strong chemical that is used especially in making soap

Full Definition of LYE

1
:  a strong alkaline liquor rich in potassium carbonate leached from wood ashes and used especially in making soap and for washing; broadly :  a strong alkaline solution (as of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide)
2
:  a solid caustic (as sodium hydroxide)

Origin of LYE

Middle English, from Old English lēag; akin to Old High German louga lye, Latin lavare, lavere to wash, Greek louein
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

Rhymes with LYE

lye

noun \ˈlī\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LYE

1
:  a strong alkaline liquor rich in potassium carbonate leached from wood ashes and used especially in making soap and washing; broadly :  a strong alkaline solution (as of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide)
2
:  a solid caustic (as sodium hydroxide)

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