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Deliquescent   Listen

(especially of certain salts) becoming liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.

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"Deliquescent" Quotes from Famous Books

... more probably from the sea-spray. It is generally asserted that rain never falls on the coast of Peru; but this is not quite accurate; for, on several days, during our visit, the so-called Peruvian dew fell in sufficient quantity to make the streets muddy, and it would certainly have washed so deliquescent a substance as salt into the soil. I state this because M. d'Orbigny, in discussing an analogous subject, supposes that I had forgotten that it never rains on this whole line of coast. See Ulloa's ...
— South American Geology - also: - Title: Geological Observations On South America • Charles Darwin

Words linked to "Deliquescent" :   hydrophilic, deliquesce

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