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le duc tho | le gallienne | le havre | le notre | lea | leach | leached | leaching | leachy | leacock | lead


Noun, Verb (usu participle)


     See 3d Leech.  [1913 Webster]
leachn. [Cf. As. leáh lye, G. lauge. See Lye.].
  •  A quantity of wood ashes, through which water passes, and thus imbibes the alkali.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A tub or vat for leaching ashes, bark, etc.  [1913 Webster]
Leach tub, a wooden tub in which ashes are leached.
leachv. t. [Written also leech and letch.].
  •  To remove the soluble constituents from by subjecting to the action of percolating water or other liquid; as, to leach ashes or coffee.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To dissolve out; -- often used with out; as, to leach out alkali from ashes.  [1913 Webster]
leachv. i. 
     To part with soluble constituents by percolation.  [1913 Webster]
     See Leech, a physician.  [1913 Webster]


leach, v.
1 tr. make (a liquid) percolate through some material.
2 tr. subject (bark, ore, ash, or soil) to the action of percolating fluid.
3 tr. & intr. (foll. by away, out) remove (soluble matter) or be removed in this way.

leacher n.
prob. repr. OE leccan to water, f. WG



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