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litmus paper

litmus paper

pronunciation:
lIt ms peI pr
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part of speech: noun
definition: a small strip of white paper treated with litmus, used in chemistry as an indicator of acidity and alkalinity.
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The word "litmus" comes from early Scandinavian words that mean "drip" and "moss." Litmus is a blue dye obtained from lichen plants. The term litmus paper was first used in 1803.
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