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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trade-name for sodium phosphate or arseniate when used in calico-printing as a more cleanly substitute for cow-dung in the bath in which, to remove superfluous mordant, the cloth is immersed after printing and before dyeing. Also called dung substitute.


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