lime etymology

English word lime comes from Proto-Germanic *līmaz, and later Old English lim (Mortar, paste, lime.)

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Detailed word origin of lime

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*līmaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
līm Old English (ang)
lim Old English (ang) Mortar, paste, lime.
lime Middle English (enm)
lime English (eng) (chemistry) Any inorganic material containing calcium, usually calcium oxide (quicklime) or calcium hydroxide (slaked lime).. (poetic) Any gluey or adhesive substance; something which traps or captures someone; sometimes a synonym for birdlime. (rare) To ensnare, catch, entrap.. (transitive) To apply limewash. (transitive) To smear with birdlime.. (transitive) To treat with calcium hydroxide [...]

Words with the same origin as lime

Descendants of *līmaz
limestone