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deliquesce

[del-i-kwes] /ˌdɛl ɪˈkwɛs/
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
1750-1760
1750-60; < Latin dēliquēscere to become liquid, equivalent to dē- de- + liquēscere; see liquescent
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deliquesce

/ˌdɛlɪˈkwɛs/
verb (intransitive)
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
Word Origin
C18: from Latin dēliquēscere to melt away, become liquid, from de- + liquēscere to melt, from liquēre to be liquid
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Word Origin and History for deliquesce
v.

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

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