One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Containing water as a constituent.‘a hydrous lava flow’
fluid, flowing, runningView synonyms
- ‘More likely, however, is that any water would become incorporated in the rock through formation of hydrous minerals as the reaction fronts advance.’
- ‘Limonite is not a mineral species as such, but rather a mixture of amorphous hydrous iron oxides.’
- ‘Because zeolites form in hydrous environments, typically through alteration of igneous rocks, they may ultimately be found on Mars, if liquid water did once exist on that planet.’
- ‘The aqueducts provided public baths with hydrous spectacles and private houses with running water and flush toilets.’
- ‘These are a revelation: virtually weightless, plain cylinders that dispense their deliciously light, hydrous formulations cleanly and efficiently.’
Early 19th century: from Greek hudro- ‘water’ + -ous.
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