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barilla (plural barillas)
- Any of several unrelated saltmarsh plants that were once burnt to obtain soda ash
- The alkali produced from the plant, an impure carbonate of soda, used for making soap, glass, etc., and for bleaching.
- Impure soda obtained from the ashes of any seashore plant, or kelp.
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