Another name for calcium oxide. Quicklime is prepared by calcining limestone in a kiln at about 500 C. Quicklime is a white amorphous powder. It may contain small amounts of silica, iron, magnesium, and/or aluminum oxides. Oyster shells have been used to make a very pure quicklime. Once water is added, quicklime becomes slaked lime.
See also lime.
Synonyms and Related Terms
chaux vive (Fr.); cal viva (Port.); calcium oxide; lime; caustic lime
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