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borax

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːraks
 
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Definition of borax in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A white compound which occurs as a mineral in some alkaline salt deposits and is 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 būraq, from Pahlavi būrak.

Words that rhyme with borax

storax, thorax

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