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Definitions of potash

  1. a potassium compound often used in agriculture and industry Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The hydroxide of potassium hydrate, a hard white brittle substance, KOH, having strong caustic and alkaline properties; -- hence called also caustic potash. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A powerful white salt obtained from wood ashes and used in making soap, glass, etc.; potassium carbonate. Also, potass, potassa. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. An alkali obtained from ashes. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. A white, solid, alkaline compound. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. The liquid obtained from leached wood-ashes; lye. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Vegetable fixed alkali in an impure state, procured from the ashes of plants. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. The impure alkali obtained from the ashes of certain plants, so called because the ashes being washed in a large pot or vessel, the water is then evaporated to obtain the alkali; impure carbonate of potassa. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for potash

  1. The large areas of dry- farms and the high prices of commercial fertilizers will make this method of manuring impracticable on dry- farms, and it may be dismissed from thought until such a day as conditions, especially with respect to price of nitrates and potash are materially changed. – Dry-Farming by John A. Widtsoe
  2. And when I had handed it in by a chink in the open door, first there was a sound like drinking, then an awful cry, " Potash again!" – HE by Andrew Lang
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