lixiviate

verb
lix·​iv·​i·​ate | \ lik-ˈsi-vē-ˌāt How to pronounce lixiviate (audio) \
lixiviated; lixiviating

Definition of lixiviate

transitive verb

: to extract a soluble constituent from (a solid mixture) by washing or percolation

Other Words from lixiviate

lixiviation \ (ˌ)lik-​ˌsi-​vē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce lixiviate (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of lixiviate

1662, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lixiviate

Latin lixivium lye, from lixivius made of lye, from lixa lye — more at liquid

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About lixiviate

Time Traveler for lixiviate

Time Traveler

The first known use of lixiviate was in 1662

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near lixiviate

livyer

liwa

lixivial

lixiviate

lixivious

lizard

lizard's tail

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for lixiviate

Cite this Entry

“Lixiviate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lixiviate. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lixiviate

lixiviate

transitive verb
lix·​iv·​i·​ate | \ lik-ˈsiv-ē-ˌāt How to pronounce lixiviate (audio) \
lixiviated; lixiviating

Medical Definition of lixiviate

: to extract a soluble constituent from (a solid mixture) by washing or percolation

Other Words from lixiviate

lixiviation \ (ˌ)lik-​ˌsiv-​ē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce lixiviate (audio) \ noun

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!