One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or of the nature of lixivium or lye; obtained by lixiviation. Formerly also: †alkaline (obsolete). Now rare (chiefly historical).
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Walter Charleton (1620–1707), physician and natural philosopher. From post-classical Latin lixivialis, adjective and noun from classical Latin lixīvium + -ālis.
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