lixiviate [lik-siv-ee-eyt] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object), lix·iv·i·at·ed, lix·iv·i·at·ing.

  1. to treat with a solvent; leach.

Origin of lixiviate First recorded in 1640–50; lixivi(um) + -ate1 Related formslix·iv·i·a·tion, nounnon·lix·iv·i·at·ed, adjectivenon·lix·iv·i·a·tion, noun Examples from the Web for lixiviation Historical Examples of lixiviation

  • In either event, whether obtained from wool residues or from lixiviation of wood-ash, it would be an impure potash.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Other ores there vary from this, however, and are said to be best suited to the lixiviation process.

    The Crest of the Continent

    Ernest Ingersoll

  • He employed a series of cylinders, arranged vertically, in which the wood was subjected to a methodical system of lixiviation.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 841, February 13, 1892


  • The Pollok process is a newer, and stated to be a cheaper mode of lixiviation by chlorine.

    Getting Gold

    J. C. F. Johnson

  • The niter was obtained from lixiviation of nitrous earth found under old houses, barns, etc.

    The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)

    Jefferson Davis

  • British Dictionary definitions for lixiviation lixiviate verb

    1. (tr) chem a less common word for leach 1 (def. 1), lixiviate

    Derived Formslixivial, adjectivelixiviation, nounWord Origin for lixiviate C17: from lixivium Word Origin and History for lixiviation lixiviate v.

    1758, from past participle stem of Modern Latin lixiviare, from Latin lixivium, neuter of lixivius “made into lye,” from lix “ashes, lye.”

    lixiviation in Medicine lixiviation [lĭk-sĭv′ē-ā′shən] n.

    1. The removal of the soluble constituents of a substance by the action of a percolating liquid.leaching

    Related formslix•iv′i•ate′ (lĭk-sĭv′ē-āt′) v.

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