Etymology
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absorbent (adj.)

"absorbing or capable of absorbing," 1718, from Latin absorbentem (nominative absorbens) "a drinking," present participle of absorbere "swallow up" (see absorb). Also from 1718 as a noun, "anything which absorbs."

Origin and meaning of absorbent
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Definitions of absorbent
1
absorbent (n.)
a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance;
Synonyms: absorbent material
2
absorbent (adj.)
having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.);
as absorbent as a sponge
Synonyms: absorptive
From wordnet.princeton.edu