Definitions

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

  • n. See ammonium chloride.

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  • n. a rare mineral composed of ammonium chloride found around volcanic fumaroles and guano deposits.
  • n. ammonium chloride.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the salt usually called chloride of ammonium, and formerly muriate of ammonia.
  • n. ammonium chloride, NH4Cl, a white crystalline volatile substance having a sharp salty taste, obtained from gas works, from nitrogenous matter, etc. It is largely employed as a source of ammonia, as a reagent, and as an expectorant in bronchitis. So called because originally made from the soot from camel's dung at the temple of Jupiter Ammon in Africa. Called also muriate of ammonia.

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  • n. a white salt used in dry cells

Etymologies

Middle English sal armoniak, from Latin sāl ammōniacus, salt of Amen : sāl, salt; see sal + ammōniacus, of Amen; see ammonia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • It is a little...strong...right here.

    January 28, 2011

  • I'll admit that when I saw the word muriate, I *did* mistakenly read it as something like micturate.

    January 28, 2011

  • ... do you smell something on this page?

    January 28, 2011

  • Well, that clears it up nicely.

    January 27, 2011

  • Webster's 1913 has this to say: "So called because originally made from the soot from camel's dung at the temple of Jupiter Ammon in Africa. Called also muriate of ammonia."

    January 26, 2011

  • Really? Is he seedy because Sal is an Italian name, or is there some other reason?

    March 11, 2008

  • Sal ammonia, the slightly seedy brother of Simon. (See simoniac)

    December 11, 2007