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lye,

name commonly used for a strongly alkaline solution. It originally meant a solution of potassium carbonatepotassium carbonate,
chemical compound, K2CO3, white, crystalline, deliquescent substance that forms a strongly alkaline water solution. It is available commercially as a white, granular powder commonly called potash, or pearl ash.
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 (potash) prepared by leaching wood ashes with water, but now the name also means a solution of sodium hydroxidesodium hydroxide,
chemical compound, NaOH, a white crystalline substance that readily absorbs carbon dioxide and moisture from the air. It is very soluble in water, alcohol, and glycerin. It is a caustic and a strong base (see acids and bases).
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 or potassium hydroxidepotassium hydroxide,
chemical compound with formula KOH. Pure potassium hydroxide forms white, deliquescent crystals. For commercial and laboratory use it is usually in the form of white pellets.
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. Lye is also used to refer to the undissolved solute. Common household lye is usually sodium hydroxide. Lye should be used with caution as it is caustic and poisonous.

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(inorganic chemistry)
A solution of potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide used as a strong alkaline solution in industry.
The alkaline solution that is obtained from the leaching of wood ashes.

lye

1. any solution obtained by leaching, such as the caustic solution obtained by leaching wood ash
2. a concentrated solution of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide
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