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del·i·quesce

 (dĕl′ĭ-kwĕs′)
intr.v. del·i·quesced, del·i·quesc·ing, del·i·quesc·es
1.
a. To melt away.
b. To disappear as if by melting.
2. Chemistry To dissolve and become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
3. 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.

[Latin dēliquēscere : dē-, de- + liquēscere, to melt, inchoative of liquēre, to be liquid.]

del′i·ques′cence n.
del′i·ques′cent adj.
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Adj.1.deliquescent - (especially of certain salts) becoming liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
hydrophilic - having a strong affinity for water; tending to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by water
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However, it seemed to me that the Russians performed Serenade with just the right cantabile lilt--a blue thought in a blue shade--and both Lopatkina and Zakharova proved deliquescently lovely in the leading role, while Zelensky (well remembered for his years with City Ballet) is still among the finest exponents of Apollo in our time.