Heavy rains that leached the soil of minerals.
Wood ashes are leached to extract lye.
Lye is leached from wood ashes.
Soil that has leached badly.
Origin of leach
- From Middle English leche leachate from Old English lece muddy stream akin to leccan to moisten
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English leche (“leachate"), from Old English *lÇ£Ä‹, *lÇ£Ä‹e (“muddy stream"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ“kijÅ (“a leak, drain, flow"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ“k-, *lak-, *likanÄ… (“to leak, drain"), from Proto-Indo-European *leg(')- (“to leak"). Cognate with Old English leÄ‹Ä‹an (“to water, moisten"), Old English lacu (“stream, pool, pond"). More at leak, lake.