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My family seems to have inherited a word from our parents and grandparents that we cannot define. Might be spelled Losch (with e umlaut). Best I can find is that that root meaning is something that needs cleaning or clearing. I found many compounds that seemed to be about cleaning things. Any ideas about what the word might be and its accurate definition?

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Takkat Feb 7 '14 at 7:01

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Can you give an example of how you would use it in context? i.e. The Lösch tastes great. – philshem Feb 5 '14 at 21:45
(Feuer) löschen - to put out; to extinguish (fire) ? It could also be "durst löschen" the result of that is to not be thirsty anymore. Context might really be helpful,.. – Lars Pötter Feb 5 '14 at 22:19
My first idea was Löschpapier - maybe it's related to this. – knut Feb 5 '14 at 23:02
What do you mean by "with e umlaut"? Do you mean "with o umlaut"? The later would be ö as in Lösch(en), the first would be ë, which is very rarely used in the spelling of foreign names such as Alëuten. – PMF Feb 6 '14 at 7:03
Your description is not enough to pin down exactly what word you are looking for. Can you give a bit more context? When do you use this word? Is it a noun or a verb or something else? – Earthliŋ Feb 6 '14 at 23:29

I believe that the word you want is lösen. That means "to solve." As in to solve a problem.

It can also refer to "cleaning," as a cleaner is otherwise known as a "solvent."

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Seriously? How did you infer from "Losch (with e umlaut)", which looks like a noun to me, that the OP is looking for the verb "lösen"? – Earthliŋ Feb 6 '14 at 23:26
@Earthling: Because OP also mentioned "the root meaning is something [a noun] that needs cleaning or clearing. I found many compounds that seemed to be about cleaning." The verb "lösen" is about solving, dissolving, undoing, cleaning, etc. If you want a noun form, it's Lösung. – Tom Au Feb 7 '14 at 0:04
But it doesn't have an SCH. – Earthliŋ Feb 7 '14 at 0:20
@Earthling: OP said, "MIGHT BE spelled" (with an sch). He's guessing, by his own admission. So my guess is as good as his. Put another way, I emphasized the REST of his post, that is the definition, rather than the spelling. – Tom Au Feb 7 '14 at 0:23
Fine. You answered my question "How did you infer...?". I guess someone should post all the other words that start with L and mean something like "clearing, cleaning" and the OP can pick his favourite as answer. – Earthliŋ Feb 7 '14 at 0:29

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