Meaning of ALKALI in English

ALKALI

[ 'alkəlʌɪ ]

■ noun ( plural ~s ) a compound, e.g. lime or caustic soda, with particular chemical properties including turning litmus blue and neutralizing or effervescing with acids.

Derivatives

~zation or ~sation noun

~ze or ~se verb

Origin

ME (denoting a saline substance derived from the ashes of plants): from med. L., from Arab. al-ḳalī , from ḳalā 'fry, roast'.

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