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From Old French triacle, from Late Latin *triaca, late form of theriaca, from Ancient Greek θηριακή (thēriakḗ, “antidote”), feminine form of θηριακός (thēriakós, “concerning venomous beasts”), from θήρ (thḗr, “beast”). Compare theriac, theriacle.
- (obsolete) An antidote for poison; theriac.
- (chiefly UK) A syrupy byproduct of sugar refining; molasses or golden syrup.
- Cloying sentimental speech.
2012 July 22, Frank Rich, “Mayberry R.I.P.”, New York:
- The public tributes to Griffith were over-the-top in a way his acting never was, spreading treacle from the evening newscasts to the front page of the New York Times.
molasses or golden syrup
cloying sentimental speech