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From Dutch potasch (modern spelling potas), coined in 1598. The literal translation is pot ash, because it was made by burning wood to ashes in a large pot. First attested in 1648.

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potash (countable and uncountable, plural potashes)

  1. the water-soluble part of the ash formed by burning plant material; used for making soap, glass and as a fertilizer
  2. (chemistry) an impure form of potassium carbonate (K2CO3) mixed with other potassium salts
  3. (chemistry, archaic) in the names of compounds of the form "... of potash", potassium (for example, "permanganate of potash" = potassium permanganate)

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  • Krueger, Dennis (December 1982). "Why On Earth Do They Call It Throwing?" Studio Potter Vol. 11, Number 1.[1]

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