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Another name for oxide 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. shell Oyster shells have been used to make a very pure quicklime. Once water is added, quicklime becomes lime slaked lime.

See also lime.

Synonyms and Related Terms

chaux vive (Fr.); cal viva (Port.); calcium oxide; lime; caustic lime

Density 3.2


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