AskDefine | Define lixiviate

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English

Etymology

From Latin lixiviare, from lixivius ‘made into lye’, from lix ‘ashes, lye’.

Pronunciation

IPA: /lɪk'sɪvɪeɪt/

Verb

  1. To separate a substance into soluble and insoluble components through percolation.
    • 1997: the Slaves are out in the Storm, doing their Owners’ Laundry, observing and reading each occurrence of Blood, Semen, Excrement, Saliva, Urine, Sweat, Road-Mud, dead Skin, and other such Data of Biography, whose pure form they practice Daily, before all is lixiviated ’neath Heaven. — Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon
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