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Words used to describe properties of substances

absorbent

adjective

an absorbent material can take in or hold a lot of something, especially liquid

astringent

adjective

an astringent substance or liquid makes your skin drier or helps to stop a cut from bleeding

harsh

adjective

harsh substances are very powerful and may damage the things that they are used on

impermeable

adjective

something that is impermeable does not let liquid or gas pass through it

impervious

adjective

something that is impervious to a substance does not let the substance pass through it

impure

adjective

an impure substance contains an amount of another substance, especially one that is less valuable or of lower quality

permeable

adjective

a permeable substance is one that a liquid or gas can pass through

photosensitive

adjective

reacting to light, especially by changing colour

porous

adjective

a porous substance has a lot of very small holes in it so that air and water can pass through it

solid

adjective

consisting of one substance only

soluble

adjective

able to dissolve in a liquid and become part of the liquid

stiff

adjective

a mixture that is stiff is very thick and keeps its shape when you stop mixing it

uncut

adjective

allowed to grow longer without being cut to a particular length

uncut

adjective

in one piece, before being cut for use

volatile

adjective

a volatile liquid or substance can easily change into a gas

water-soluble

adjective

a water-soluble substance dissolves in water (=becomes part of the water that you put it into)

diuretic

adjective

facekini

a face mask worn on the beach in order to protect the face from the sun

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dirty and sometimes untidy or smelling bad

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lookbook

a set of photographs which show what different clothes styles look like and is used to advertise those clothes

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