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borax

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[ bawr-aks, -uhks, bohr- ]
/ ˈbɔr æks, -əks, ˈboʊr- /
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noun, plural bo·rax·es, bo·ra·ces [bawr-uh-seez, bohr-]. /ˈbɔr əˌsiz, ˈboʊr-/.

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.

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Origin of borax

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1350–1400; <Medieval Latin ≪ dialectal Arabic būraq<Middle Persian būrag; replacing Middle English boras<Middle French <Medieval Latin borax

Definition for borax (2 of 2)

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[ bawr-aks, -uhks, bohr- ]
/ ˈbɔr æks, -əks, ˈboʊr- /

noun

cheap, showy, poorly made merchandise, especially cheaply built furniture of an undistinguished or heterogeneous style.

Origin of borax

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An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for borax

borax
/ (ˈbɔːræks) /

noun plural -raxes or -races (-rəˌsiːz)

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 for borax

C14: from Old French boras, from Medieval Latin borax, from Arabic būraq, from Persian būrah
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Medical definitions for borax

borax
[ bôrăks′, -əks ]

n.

Sodium borate.
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Scientific definitions for borax

borax
[ bôrăks′ ]

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.
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