# Why are the elements of group IA called alkali metals?

##### 1 Answer
Jun 14, 2017

I think this refers to an Arabic root word.........

#### Explanation:

....$\text{al-quily}$ meaning the $\text{ashes, potash}$.

And of course we commonly find the hydroxides of the alkali metals from extracting the ashes of a fire with water - hence $\text{potash}$, i.e. $\text{potasshium}$........