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caustic
used in Oryx and Crake

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Definition
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

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of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
  • Sometimes they find tins of motor oil, caustic solvents, plastic bottles of bleach.
    p. 7.5

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