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intr.v. del·i·quesced, del·i·quesc·ing, del·i·quesc·es
a. To melt away.
b. To disappear as if by melting.
2. Chemistry To dissolve and become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
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.]
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1. (Chemistry) (esp of certain salts) to dissolve gradually in water absorbed from the air
2. (Biology) (esp of certain fungi) to dissolve into liquid, usually at maturity
3. (Botany) (of a plant stem) to form many branches
[C18: from Latin dēliquēscere to melt away, become liquid, from de- + liquēscere to melt, from liquēre to be liquid]
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v.i. -quesced, -quesc•ing.
1. to become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts.
2. to melt away.
a. to form many small divisions or branches.
b. to become liquid in the course of maturity, as certain fungi.
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Past participle: deliquesced
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|Verb||1.||deliquesce - melt away in the process of decay; "The fungi eventually deliquesced"|
decay - undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"
|2.||deliquesce - melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air; "this type of salt deliquesces easily"|
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