The definition of lye is an alkaline solution that is often a mix of potassium or hydroxide or sodium which is generally used for cleaning.noun
A strongly alkaline solution used to make soap is an example oflye.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- Obsolete a strong, alkaline solution obtained by leaching wood ashes
- any strongly alkaline substance, usually sodium or potassium hydroxide, used in cleaning, making soap, etc.
- any substance obtained by leaching
Origin: ME lie < OE leag, akin to Ger lauge < IE base *lou-, to lave
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Origin: Middle English lie, from Old English lēag; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.
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