[buh-ree-uh, -reel-yee, -ril-uh]
- either of two European saltworts, Salsola kali or S. soda, whose ashes yield an impure carbonate of soda.
- the alkali obtained from the ashes of these and certain other maritime plants.
Origin of barilla
1615–25; < Spanish barrilla, apparently equivalent to bar(ra) bar1 + -illa diminutive suffix
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- an impure mixture of sodium carbonate and sodium sulphate obtained from the ashes of certain plants, such as the saltworts
- either of two chenopodiaceous plants, Salsola kali (or soda) or Halogeton soda, formerly burned to obtain a form of sodium carbonateSee also saltwort
C17: from Spanish barrilla, literally: a little bar, from barra bar 1
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