Origin: ML (or It or Sp) < Ar suwayd, burnt plant (from which soda was produced), dim. of ʾaswad, black
See soda in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English sode, soda, saltwort, soda
Origin: , from Old Italian soda
Origin: , perhaps from Arabic suwayd, soda, soda-plant
Origin: or suwayda, type of saltwort; see šwd in Semitic roots.
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