descale

verb
de·​scale | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈskāl How to pronounce descale (audio) \
descaled; descaling; descales

Definition of descale

transitive verb

1 : to remove a coating, layer, or incrustation from : to free from scale (see scale entry 3 sense 3) To descale the kettle, fill it with equal parts water and vinegar and let it soak for an hour before making sure it's been properly rinsed out.— Sarra Gray
2 : to remove scales (see scale entry 3 sense 1a) from You can, of course, ask the fishmonger to gut and descale the fish for you.— Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

First Known Use of descale

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for descale

de- + scale entry 3

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The first known use of descale was in 1875

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“Descale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/descale. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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descale

verb

English Language Learners Definition of descale

British, technical : to remove the hard white substance that forms on the inside of something (such as pipes or a boiler) that heats water

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