Origin of potash
Examples from the Web for potash
They consisted of wooden splints coated with sulphur and tipped with antimony, chlorate of potash, and gum.Great Inventions and Discoveries|Willis Duff Piercy
Aluming with addition of potash and chalk; wringing; working it well through this bath, where it is left during the night.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
Heavy ground should be dressed with seven pounds of basic slag in autumn and two pounds of sulphate of potash in spring.
"Do me the favor, Potash, and spit it out," Feigenbaum broke in impatiently.Potash & Perlmutter|Montague Glass
A dilute solution of bichromate of potash is frequently employed to darken oak, mahogany, and coloured woods.Intarsia and Marquetry|F. Hamilton Jackson
Word Origin for potash
1751, earlier -pot-ashes (1640s), a loan-translation of older Dutch potaschen, literally "pot ashes" (16c.); so called because it was originally obtained by soaking wood ashes in water and evaporating the mixture in an iron pot. Cf. German Pottasche, Danish potaske, Swedish pottaska, all also from Dutch. See also potassium. French potasse (1570s), Italian potassa are Germanic loan-words. The original plural was pot-ashes.