- molasses, especially that which is drained from the vats used in sugar refining.
- Also called golden syrup. a mild mixture of molasses, corn syrup, etc., used in cooking or as a table syrup.
- tre corde,
- treacle mustard,
- tread the boards,
- tread water,
Origin of treacle
Examples from the Web for treacle
It dripped down from my head to my toes in slow motion, as if treacle had been poured over me.
His treacle paintings simultaneously evoke heaven, Candy Land—that beloved childhood board game—and a Katy Perry video.
If the mould is required to be elastic, add three ounces of Treacle, and mix well with the Gelatine.One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed|C. A. Bogardus
To three quarters of a pound of treacle, put one egg beaten and strained.
She warmed the remains of last night's porridge and gave it to Barry with treacle, to keep him quiet.The Carpenter's Daughter|Anna Bartlett Warner
Give it brimstone and treacle and a cupful of wormwood and camomile.The Manxman|Hall Caine
The London treacle water, aqua mirabilis and aqua raphani composita, were noted for scurvy.The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy|Charles John Samuel Thompson
Word Origin for treacle
mid-14c., "medicinal compound, antidote for poison," from Old French triacle "antidote" (c.1200), from Vulgar Latin *triacula, from Latin theriaca, from Greek theriake (antidotos) "antidote for poisonous wild animals," from fem. of theriakos "of a wild animal," from therion "wild animal," diminutive of ther (genitive theros) "wild animal," from PIE root *ghwer- "wild" (see fierce).
Sense of "molasses" is first recorded 1690s; that of "anything too sweet or sentimental" is from 1771. The connection may be from the use of molasses as a laxative, or its use to disguise the bad taste of medicine.