from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mineral of hydrous sodium carbonate, Na2CO3·10H2O, often found crystallized with other salts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A crystalline mixture of hydrous sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate, with the chemical formula Na2CO3·10H2O.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Native sodium carbonate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Native carbonate of sodium, or mineral alkali (Na2CO3.10H2O).
The dealers in tobacco also sell natron, which is brought from
(It is true that though copper can be melted the agent in its case is not water, but some of the bodies that can be melted by water too such as natron and salt cannot be softened in water: for nothing is said to be so affected unless the water soaks into it and makes it softer.)
As, however, it appears in (Jeremiah 2: 22) in contradistinction to nether, which undoubtedly means "natron" or mineral alkali, it is fair to infer that borith refers to vegetable alkali, or some kind of potash, which forms one of the usual ingredients in our soap.
When one of them died, his son, or his nearest relative, carefully washed the corpse in water impregnated with an astringent or aromatic substance, such as natron or some solution of fragrant gums, and then fumigated it with burning herbs and perfumes which were destined to overpower, at least temporarily, the odour of death. [
To mummify a body, they would remove all the organs (all those wet squishy things go bad quickly and smell bad) and cover the body with a salty substance called natron that would dry it out.
On either side of the altar are oven-like compartments, niches where sacred crocodiles, mummified with the use of natron, were placed on biers.
When the body is fully dehydrated, wrap natron-soaked gauze or bandages around it.
The natron will dehydrate the body and allow the blood to drain from it.
Liberally cover the body in natron (a natural salt, composed of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate with traces of sodium chloride and sodium sulfate).
This is a serious attempt at mummification without the natron Herodotus describes.