treacle

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From Old French triacle, from Late Latin *triaca, late form of theriaca, from Ancient Greek θηριακή (thēriakē, antidote), feminine form of θηριακός (thēriakos, concerning venomous beasts), from θήρ (thēr, beast). Compare theriac, theriacle.

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A cup of curd with treacle being poured upon it

treacle (countable and uncountable, plural treacles)

  1. (obsolete) An antidote for poison; theriac.
  2. (chiefly UK) A syrupy byproduct of sugar refining; molasses or golden syrup.
  3. 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.

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