Definition of natron in English:

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natron

Pronunciation: /ˈneɪtr(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˈnatr(ə)n/

noun

[mass noun]
A mineral salt found in dried lake beds, consisting of hydrated sodium carbonate.
Example sentences
  • Behind her, in baskets were ivory tusks, gold, blocks of incense, natron salts and uncut precious stones.
  • Minor industries include the production of beer, cigarettes, textiles, and natron (a mineral), as well as the processing of sugarcane and meat.
  • To purify their bathing water, they used something called natron, which just happens to be the salt, which is also used to preserve the corpse during mummification.

Origin

Late 17th century: from French, from Spanish natrón, via Arabic from Greek nitron (see nitre).

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