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Javel water

[zhuh-vel, zha-] /ʒəˈvɛl, ʒæ-/
noun
1.
sodium hypochlorite, NaOCl, dissolved in water, used as a bleach, antiseptic, etc.
Also, Javelle water.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; translation of French eau de Javel, after Javel former town, now in the city of Paris
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Javel water

/ˈdʒævəl; dʒəˈvɛl/
noun
1.
an aqueous solution containing sodium hypochlorite and some sodium chloride, used as a bleach and disinfectant
2.
Also called eau de Javelle. a similar solution made from potassium carbonate and chlorine
Word Origin
C19: partial translation of French eau de Javel, from Javel, formerly a town, now part of Paris
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