Recent Examples on the WebThis hack resulted in cyberattackers increasing lye in the water from 100 to more than 11,000 parts per million.
Richard Tracy, Forbes, 10 May 2021 But Montgomery and other experts say a more sophisticated hacker than the one in Oldsmar, who attempted to boost the quantity of lye in the drinking water to dangerous levels, could have wreaked havoc.
Peter Elkind, ProPublica, 17 Mar. 2021 When the right amount of fat is blended with lye and water, then simmered and stirred until slushy, and this slurry can be set aside for hardening and aging to create an effective homemade soap.
Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 20 Jan. 2021 Granny’s lard and lye soap could wash your clothes, hands, hair and anything else, and the recipe hasn’t changed much in a thousand years.
Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 20 Jan. 2021 Hominy is made from whole corn kernels, soaked in a lye or lime solution to soften the tough outer hulls.
Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 13 Jan. 2021 The first appearance of soap as people might recognize it today dates to the seventh century A.D., when Arabic chemists combined vegetable and aromatic oils with sodium lye, according to Haaretz.
Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2020 In 2007, her estranged husband attacked her with a bottle of lye, severely burning 85% of her body and disfiguring her face.
Ganesh Setty, CNN, 10 Aug. 2020 In 2007, her estranged husband broke into her Vermont home and doused her in industrial-strength lye, burning 80% of her body.
Fox News, 8 Aug. 2020
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First Known Use of lye
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
History and Etymology for lye
Middle English, from Old English lēag; akin to Old High German louga lye, Latin lavare, lavere to wash, Greek louein
1: a strong alkaline liquor rich in potassium carbonate leached from wood ashes and used especially in making soap and washingbroadly: a strong alkaline solution (as of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide)