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[kwik-lahym] /ˈkwɪkˌlaɪm/
lime1 (def 1).
Origin of quicklime
1350-1400; Middle English quyk lym, translation Latin calx vīva; see quick, lime1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quicklime
  • Production included the commercial sale or captive consumption of quicklime, hydrated lime, and dead-burned refractory dolomite.
  • quicklime will be paid for at the contract unit price per ton.
  • The kiln was used to burn limestone to make quicklime used in fertilizer, plaster, and mortar.
  • When needed, the quicklime is blown from the bottom of the silos to the square lime slaker building.
  • quicklime from the storage silo is transferred pneumatically to the quicklime preparation building through an enclosed process.
British Dictionary definitions for quicklime


another name for calcium oxide
Word Origin
C15: from quick (in the archaic sense: living) + lime1
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Word Origin and History for quicklime

late 14c., from quick (adj.) "living" + lime (n.1). A loan-translation of Latin calx viva. So called perhaps for being unquenched, or for the vigorousness of its qualities; cf. Old English cwicfyr "sulfur."

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