lime·​wa·​ter ˈlīm-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce limewater (audio)
: an alkaline water solution of calcium hydroxide used as an antacid

Examples of limewater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The corn has undergone nixtamalization, which is the stripping of a corn's hard outer shell using limewater. CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 For another pancake, head-on whiteleg shrimp were fanned in a circle and encased, fossil-like, in a puffy, slightly sweet batter made with flour, chili paste, fish sauce, sugar, and limewater, then fried to a deep russet. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of limewater was circa 1500

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Cite this Entry

“Limewater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


lime·​wa·​ter -ˌwȯt-ər How to pronounce limewater (audio)
: a water solution of the hydroxide of calcium that is used as an antacid

Medical Definition


lime·​wa·​ter ˈlīm-ˌwȯt-ər, -ˌwät- How to pronounce limewater (audio)
: an alkaline water solution of calcium hydroxide used topically as an astringent or protective in various dermatologic lotions
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