One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Becoming or apt to become liquid.
- ‘Some of what the leadership did can be attributed to bullheadedness, such as pressing on with the Passchendaele battle even when the whole battlefield had been reduced to liquescent mud.’
- ‘To either side, a liquescent nightmare of swirling hellish flame spun round them as the Widow settled ever deeper into the maelstrom.’
- ‘There were also ‘liquescent’ neumes - ornamental neumes that required special types of vocal delivery.’
Early 18th century: from Latin liquescent- ‘becoming liquid’, from the verb liquescere (see liquefy).
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