Origin: from the furniture formerly given as premiums by manufacturers of borax soapcheap, poorly made merchandise, esp. furniture
Origin: ME < ML borax < Ar bauraq < Pers būrah
See borax in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Medieval Latin bōrāx
Origin: , from Arabic būraq
Origin: , from Middle Persian būrak.
Origin: Perhaps from the custom of giving away borax soap as a premium for the sale of cheap furniture.
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