- a white, water-soluble powder or crystals, hydrated sodium borate, Na2B4O7⋅10H2O, occurring naturally or obtained from naturally occurring borates; tincal: used as a flux, cleansing agent, in the manufacture of glass, porcelain, and enamel, and in tanning.
Origin of borax1
- cheap, showy, poorly made merchandise, especially cheaply built furniture of an undistinguished or heterogeneous style.
Origin of borax2
Examples from the Web for borax
The gold miners and the borax miners and the railroad workers.Men Without a Country: Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, My Father and Me
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Borax, twenty grainsGlycerine, one teaspoonfulWater, an ounce.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
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Be careful not to get borax on the upper part of the wire or on the handle.
You may have to dip it into the borax once or twice more to get a good-sized bead.
Account for the fact that a solution of borax in water is alkaline.
If the solution of borax is dilute, however, an hydroxide of silver forms.
- Also called: tincal a soluble readily fusible white mineral consisting of impure hydrated disodium tetraborate in monoclinic crystalline form, occurring in alkaline soils and salt deposits. Formula: Na 2 B 4 O 7 .10H 2 O
- pure disodium tetraborate
Word Origin and History for borax
late 14c., from Anglo-French boras, from Medieval Latin baurach, from Arabic buraq, applied by the Arabs to various substances used as fluxes, probably from Persian burah. Originally obtained in Europe from the bed of salt lakes in Tibet.
- Sodium borate.
- A white, crystalline powder and mineral used as an antiseptic, as a cleansing agent, and in fusing metals and making heat-resistant glass. The mineral is an ore of boron and also occurs in yellowish, blue, or green varieties. Chemical formula: Na2B4O7·10H2O.