deliquesce

deliquesce

[del-i-kwes]
verb (used without object), deliquesced, deliquescing.
1.
to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts.
2.
to melt away.
3.
Botany. to form many small divisions or branches.

Origin:
1750–60; < Latin dēliquēscere to become liquid, equivalent to dē- de- + liquēscere; see liquescent

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deliquesce (ˌdɛlɪˈkwɛs)
 
vb
1.  (esp of certain salts) to dissolve gradually in water absorbed from the air
2.  (esp of certain fungi) to dissolve into liquid, usually at maturity
3.  (of a plant stem) to form many branches
 
[C18: from Latin dēliquēscere to melt away, become liquid, from de- + liquēscere to melt, from liquēre to be liquid]

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deliquesce
1756, in chemistry, from L. deliquescere "to melt away," from de- + liquescere "to melt," from liquere "to be liquid" (see liquid). General use dates from 1858.
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