borax

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English[edit]

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Borax

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English boras, from Anglo-Norman boreis, from Medieval Latin baurach (borax), from Arabic بورق (báuraq), from Middle Persian 𐭡𐭥𐭥𐭪 (būrak). Compare Persian بوره (bure).

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borax (uncountable)

  1. A white or gray/grey crystalline salt, with a slight alkaline taste, used as a flux, in soldering metals, making enamels, fixing colors/colours on porcelain, and as a soap, etc.
  2. (chemistry) The sodium salt of boric acid, Na2B4O7, either anhydrous or with 5 or 10 molecules of water of crystallisation; sodium tetraborate.

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borax (not comparable)

  1. Cheap or tawdry, referring to furniture or other works of industrial design.

References[edit]

  • borax at the Free Dictionary