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Properties of substances

consistency

noun

the degree to which a substance is thick, smooth, or firm

delicacy

noun

the quality of being delicate in appearance, colour, taste, or smell

state

noun

a particular physical form that something has, especially when this can change

state of matter

noun

a form or condition that a substance can be in. The three states of matter are liquid, solid, or gas.

absorbency

noun

astringency

noun

effervescence

noun

naturalness

noun

permeability

noun

volatility

noun

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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clapped-out

old and in bad condition, or no longer effective

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dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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