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borax 1

Pronunciation: /ˈbôraks/

noun

A white mineral in some alkaline salt deposits, used in making glass and ceramics, as a metallurgical flux, and as an antiseptic.
Example sentences
  • The flux also might contain silica, borax, soda ash, potassium nitrate and household flour.
  • Fluxes of this type are usually based on borax, boric acid, or glass, which melts at copper alloy melting temperatures to provide a fluid slag cover.
  • Potassium salts, such as sylvite (potassium chloride), are used to produce fertilizers for the agricultural industry, while boron salts, especially borax, are a basic resource for the glass industry.

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin, from Arabic būraḳ, from Pahlavi būrak.

Words that rhyme with borax

storax, thorax

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Syllabification: bo·rax

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There are 2 main definitions of borax in English:

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borax 2

Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːraks/

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(also borak /ˈbɔːrak/)

noun

[mass noun] Australian /NZ informal, dated
Good-natured teasing or ridicule; banter: they take a bit of borax, but that is part of the job
More example sentences
  • They take a bit of borax, but that is part of the job.
  • He likes to have a bit of borax from time to time.
  • He poured the borax on him for not giving him enough racing room.

Phrases

poke borax at

Australian /NZ informal
Deride or make fun of: a feature that poked borax at the sillier side of the Net
More example sentences
  • I don't think it's fair for you always to poke borax at me.
  • Some of the rude little boys used to poke borax at him.
  • Members opposite want to poke borax at people who dare to have a different view.

Origin

Early 19th century (as borak): Australian pidgin, based on Aboriginal burag 'no, not', later influenced by borax1 in spelling and pronunciation.

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