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lye

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noun \ˈlī\

Simple Definition of lye

  • : a strong chemical that is used especially in making soap

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lye

  1. 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. 2 :  a solid caustic (as sodium hydroxide)

Origin and Etymology 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

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LYE Defined for Kids

lye

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noun \ˈlī\

Definition of lye for Students

  1. :  a dangerous compound that is used in cleaning and in making soap




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lye

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noun \ˈlī\

Medical Definition of lye

  1. 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. 2:  a solid caustic (as sodium hydroxide)




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