Recent Examples of lye from the Web
Inspectors found lye in the restaurant and took it to the state Department of Agriculture for analysis, in addition to samples from the kids’ cups and the apple juice container.
Sodium Hydroxide Also known as lye, this caustic compound has been used for everything from unclogging sinks (as a main ingredient in Drano) to giving traditional Bavarian pretzels their crusty exterior.
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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
LYE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lye for English Language Learners
: a strong chemical that is used especially in making soap
LYE Defined for Kids
Definition of lye for Students
: a dangerous compound that is used in cleaning and in making soap
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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