intransitive verb-·quesced′, -·quesc′ing
- to melt away
- to melt away in the course of growth or decay: said of some of the parts of certain fungi
- to branch into many fine divisions: said of the veins of many leaves
- Chem. to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
Origin of deliquesceClassical Latin deliquescere from de-, from + liquescere, to melt, inchoative of liquere, to be liquid
intransitive verbdel·i·quesced, del·i·quesc·ing, del·i·quesc·es
- a. To melt away.b. To disappear as if by melting.
- Chemistry To dissolve and become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
- Botany a. To become fluid or soft on maturing, as certain fungal structures.b. To branch out into numerous subdivisions that lack a main axis, as the trunk of an elm.
Origin of deliquesceLatin dēliquēscere dē- de- liquēscere to melt inchoative of liquēre to be liquid
(third-person singular simple present deliquesces, present participle deliquescing, simple past and past participle deliquesced)