Etymology
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vulcanize (v.)

1827, "to put into flames," from Vulcan (q.v.), name of the Roman god of fire, + -ize. As a treatment for rubber, first recorded 1846. Related: Vulcanized; vulcanizing.

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Definitions of vulcanize

vulcanize (v.)
undergo vulcanization;
vulcanize rubber
Synonyms: vulcanise
vulcanize (v.)
subject to vulcanization;
vulcanized rubber
Synonyms: vulcanise
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