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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two Mediterranean saltworts (Salsola kali or S. soda) or a similar plant (Halogeton sativus), burned to obtain a crude soda ash.
  • n. The crude sodium carbonate ash obtained from these plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name given to several species of Salsola from which soda is made, by burning the barilla in heaps and lixiviating the ashes.
  • n.
  • n. The alkali produced from the plant, being an impure carbonate of soda, used for making soap, glass, etc., and for bleaching purposes.
  • n. Impure soda obtained from the ashes of any seashore plant, or kelp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The commercial name of the impure carbonate and sulphate of soda imported from Spain and the Levant, and obtained from several fleshy plants growing by the sea or in saline localities, mostly belonging to the chenopodiaceous genera Salsola, Salicornia, and Chenopodium.
  • n. Grains of native copper disseminated in sandstone. Also called copper barilla (Sp. barilla de cobre).
  • n. plural In a gold-mill, wooden divisions of blanket-strakes, copper plates, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leaves; burned to produce a crude soda ash
  • n. Algerian plant formerly burned to obtain calcium carbonate

Etymologies

Spanish barrilla.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish barrilla. (Wiktionary)

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