1 (of organic matter) become liquid, typically during decomposition.
liquefy, thaw, unfreeze, defrost, soften, run, flux, fuse, render, clarify, dissolve, deliquesceView synonyms
- ‘Leave somewhere warm for several days to allow the mushrooms to deliquesce.’
(of a solid) become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
- ‘It is necessary, however, to be packed in a container, since the salt is deliquesced with absorption of moisture in air.’
- ‘In situ aerosol pH is the pH value of deliquesced aerosols in the atmosphere.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin deliquescere dissolve from de- down + liquescere become liquid (from liquere be liquid).