transitive verb[with object] archaic Chemistry
Separate (a substance) into soluble and insoluble constituents by the percolation of liquid.
drain, filter, percolate, filtrate, discharge, strain, leak, separate
- ‘the dyestuff was extracted by lixiviating freshly cut wood with water’
Mid 17th century from modern Latin lixiviat- ‘impregnated with lye’, from the verb lixiviare, from lixivius ‘made into lye’, from lix ‘lye’.
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