from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, containing, or similar to ammonia.
- n. A strong-smelling gum resin from the stems of a plant (Dorema ammoniacum) of western Asia, formerly used in perfumery and in medicine as an expectorant and a stimulant. Also called gum ammoniac.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of, pertaining, or containing ammonia, or possessing its properties
- n. The concrete juice (gum resin) of an umbelliferous plant, the Dorema ammoniacum. It is brought chiefly from Persia in the form of yellowish tears, which occur singly, or are aggregated into masses. It has a peculiar smell, and a nauseous, sweet taste, followed by a bitter one. It is inflammable, partially soluble in water and in spirit of wine, and is used in medicine as an expectorant and resolvent, and for the formation of certain plasters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to Ammon, or to his shrine in Libya: only in the phrases, or quasi-compounds, gum ammoniac and sal ammoniac. See etymology, and definitions below.
- Of, pertaining to, or having the properties of ammonia; ammoniacal.
- n. Same as gum ammoniac. See above.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. pertaining to or containing or similar to ammonia
- n. the aromatic gum of the ammoniac plant
It is important that the sal ammoniac, which is the active agent of the cell, should be free from lumps in order to mix properly with the manganese and carbon.
It is met with in Bnature only compounded with other bodies, in nitrous Tammoniac, or in common fal ammoniac, which is Ifotr. ecimcs found in the neighbourhood of volcanoes, lor coal fnincs which have burnt for a long time.
Davie manufactured the sal ammoniac and, while Hutton had little if any involvement with the business, he was a lifelong partner and received an income from the venture.
“Kataba” would also be applied to striping the fingers with Henna which becomes a shining black under a paste of honey, lime and sal-ammoniac.
L'ECARLATE ordinaire, ou couleur de feu, sera teinte de pure cochenille-mesteque, avec eau-forte, sel ammoniac, estain fin, amidon, sans aucun meslange de terramerita, ni de cochenille-sylvestre.
Sal ammoniac factories existed but none produced enough to supply all dyehouses in France.
The initial process to extract more color from cochineal called for the use of volatile spirit of sal ammoniac on the dregs of the typical boiling water extraction.
The difficulties of transportation also made the use of sal ammoniac too expensive to be practical.
Sal ammoniac was difficult to obtain throughout France in the quantity and quality dyehouses would require; differences between the results obtained from each source for sal ammoniac emphasized the need for standard materials. 4 Macquer and Pont considered the sources available; could Antoine Baumé's factory supply more consistently than those of Pia or Capelle?
“The stink of our state judiciary is growing too strongly ammoniac and hippuric for endurance,” wrote George Templeton Strong in his diary.