borax

EnglishEdit

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Borax

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English boras, from Anglo-Norman boreis, from Medieval Latin baurach ‎(borax), from Arabic بَوْرَق ‎(bawraq), from Middle Persian *būrag, which yielded Persian بوره ‎(bure).

NounEdit

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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AdjectiveEdit

borax ‎(not comparable)

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

ReferencesEdit

  • borax at the Free Dictionary
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