lye

noun \ ˈlī \

Definition of lye

1 :a strong alkaline liquor rich in potassium carbonate leached from wood ashes and used especially in making soap and for washing; broadly :a strong alkaline solution (as of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide)
2 :a solid caustic (such as sodium hydroxide)

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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

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LYE Defined for English Language Learners

lye

noun

Definition of lye for English Language Learners

  • : a strong chemical that is used especially in making soap


LYE Defined for Kids

lye

noun \ ˈlī \

Definition of lye for Students

:a dangerous compound that is used in cleaning and in making soap

Medical Dictionary

lye

noun \ ˈlī \

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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