Definition of sal ammoniac in English:

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sal ammoniac

Pronunciation: /ˌsal əˈmōnēˌak/


Old-fashioned term for ammonium chloride.
Example sentences
  • The dissolutive water is made from vitriol of Cyprus, saltpetre (potassium nitrate), Jamenous Allom, and sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride), and it became known as aqua regia, the king of waters.
  • Upon burning, the dung produced acrid vapors and would leave behind a white residue which they called sal ammoniac, meaning salt of Ammon.
  • Wollaston paid careful attention to the waste solutions that remained after the precipitation of the platinum salt of sal ammoniac, being curious about the nature of any non-platinum components.


Middle English: from Latin sal ammoniacus 'salt of Ammon' (see ammoniacal).

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Syllabification: sal am·mo·ni·ac

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