alkali

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alkali al·ka·li (āl'kə-lī')
n. pl. al·ka·lis

  1. A carbonate or hydroxide of an alkali metal, the aqueous solution of which is bitter, slippery, caustic, and characteristically basic in reactions.

  2. Any of various soluble mineral salts found in natural water and arid soils.

  3. Alkali metal.

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