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  • n. A white amorphous or granular substance which consists principally of potassium carbonate and has a strong alkaline reaction. It is obtained by lixiviating wood ashes and evaporating the lye, and has been an important source of potassium compounds. It is used in making soap, glass, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A white amorphous or granular substance which consists principally of potassium carbonate, and has a strong alkaline reaction. It is obtained by lixiviating wood ashes, and evaporating the lye, and has been an important source of potassium compounds. It is used in making soap, glass, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Commercial carbonate of potash. See potash.

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

  • n. an impure form of potassium carbonate

Etymologies

pearl +ā€Ž ash? Compare potash. (Wiktionary)

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