Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Commercial carbonate of potash. See potash.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun organic chemistry 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an impure form of potassium carbonate

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pearl +‎ ash? Compare potash.

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