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

  • adj. Variant of boric.

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  • adj. Of or relating to boron alias borax.
  • adj. penniless

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or produced from, borax; containing boron; boric.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or produced from borax. Also boric.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or derived from or containing boron


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

From Medieval Latin bōrāx, bōrāc-, borax; see borax1.

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From Medieval Latin borax (genitive boracis), itself via Arabic بورق (báuraq), from Persian بوره (būra).

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Shortened from boracic lint ("skint").


  • There is a white crystalline substance found native in volcanic districts called boracic acid.

    Elements of Chemical Philosophy: Part 1, Vol.1

  • The others such as boracic acid, borax and soda are often used for sweetening the brine and to keep it from spoiling but are not absolutely essential.

    Every Step in Canning

  • The first thing we did was to lance the big blisters that had formed and let out the fluid they contained; afterwards we put on boracic compresses, night and morning.

    The South Pole~ The End of the Winter

  • They would not doubtless have the advantages of the wicks which are impregnated with boracic acid, and which vitrify as they burn and are entirely consumed, but Cyrus Harding having manufactured a beautiful pair of snuffers, these candles would be greatly appreciated during the long evenings in Granite House.

    The Mysterious Island

  • He could put up with the loss of supplies of things like iodine and calamine lotion, since there were alternatives that worked just as well, but there had been no supply of boracic acid ever since the outbreak of the war, since that particular substance had always come from the volcanic steam of Tuscany; it was the best drug he knew of for coping with infections of the bladder and foulness of the urine.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • Her mother was boracic due to her father's complete refusal to get a job so she was unable to help out any more, and Susan didn't like to keep asking Kate as it just made relations between her and her son more strained.

    two women

  • She was on the ponce. pi'If it's money you're after I am boracic lint, Mother.

    two women

  • The same impurities found in the stream are also found in the lake, where the water is so saturated with salt, boracic acid, etc., that one can no more sink in it than in the water of the Great Salt lake; and I found it so saturated that after swimming in it a little while the skin all over my body was gnawed and made very sore by the acids.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891

  • I should have been glad to have kept on the red lama to Urga, for he had been very helpful in looking after my wants, and had befriended poor Jack, who was quite done up for a while by the hot desert sands; but I let him go well pleased with a little bottle of boracic acid solution for his sore eyes.

    A Wayfarer in China Impressions of a trip across West China and Mongolia

  • The boracic powder was lifted in my absence from the _Pharmacie_ to try and get the first glimmerings of a slide on that sticky creosoted floor.

    Fanny Goes to War


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  • (noun) - Don't give me the old boracic, don't tell me tall yarns.

    --Paul Tempest's Lag's Lexicon: A Dictionary of the English Prison, 1950

    January 14, 2018