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gum ammoniac

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  1. a brownish-yellow gum resin, having an acrid taste, occurring in tearlike fragments from a plant, Dorema ammoniacum, of western Asia: used in porcelain ceramics and in medicine as an expectorant and counterirritant.

Origin of gum ammoniac

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
Also called ammoniac, ammoniacum.
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British Dictionary definitions for gum ammoniac

gum ammoniac

  1. another name for ammoniac 2
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