Variant of lime
- a white substance, calcium oxide, CaO, obtained by the action of heat on limestone, shells, and other material containing calcium carbonate, and used in making mortar and cement, and, when hydrated, in neutralizing acid soil
- a calcareous deposit from water inside pipes, pans, etc.
Origin: Middle English from Old English līm, akin to German leim from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)lei-, slime, wet and sticky, to smooth over from source Glassical Greek leios, smooth, Classical Latin limus, slime, mud, linere, to smear, levis, smooth, Old English lam, clay
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