from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Cloying speech or sentiment.
- n. Chiefly British Molasses.
- n. A medicinal compound formerly used as an antidote for poison.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An antidote for poison; theriac.
- n. A syrupy byproduct of sugar refining; molasses or golden syrup.
- n. Cloying sentimental speech.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A remedy against poison. See theriac, 1.
- n. A sovereign remedy; a cure.
- n. Molasses; sometimes, specifically, the molasses which drains from the sugar-refining molds, and which is also called sugarhouse molasses.
- n. A saccharine fluid, consisting of the inspissated juices or decoctions of certain vegetables, as the sap of the birch, sycamore, and the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A medicinal compound of various ingredients, formerly believed to be capable of curing or preventing the effects of poison, particularly the effects of the bite of a serpent. See theriac.
- n. More generally, a remedy; a panacea; a sovereign antidote or restorative: often used figuratively.
- n. The spume of sugar in sugar-refineries: so called as resembling in appearance or supposed medicinal properties the ancient theriacal compounds.
- n. A saccharine fluid consisting of the inspissated juices or decoctions of certain vegetables, as the sap of the birch or of the sugar-maple.
- n. One of several plants sometimes regarded as antidotes to poison, or named from plants so regarded. See the phrases below.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. writing or music that is excessively sweet and sentimental
- n. a pale cane syrup
The English term treacle comes via the French triacle from the Latin theriaca, meaning antidotes against poison.
Rope suspended upon poles, to which was tied by small twine two lumps of pudding drip'd in treacle, under which stood on stools, two boys with their hands tied behind them, whose business it was to catch the pudding in their mouths!
We moaned back then, but the politics and bureaucracy you guys face, it must be like swimming uphill in treacle!
Molasses Molasses, which is called treacle in the United Kingdom, is generally defined as the syrup left over in cane sugar processing after the readily crystallizable sucrose has been removed from the boiled juice.
At this point in Abel's meditations, his wife, Ruth, came in with a dish of figs preserved in grape treacle from a famous recipe that she claimed came from Palestine.
I mean that he’s probably thick as two planks dipped in treacle, dimmo.
You’ll find other bizarre examples like this one The Power of Nice (Doubleday), a dish of treacle from the advertising executives who created the Aflac duck.
The second boiling produces a much darker syrup, which British cooks call treacle (or dark treacle) and we call molasses (or dark molasses).
SummaryIf you can't get treacle, which is more common in Great Britain than in the U.S., molasses makes a fine substitute.
Yours look fabulous - love the idea of treacle on cream on scone.