- a remedy for poison
- any effective remedy
- Brit. molasses
- anything very sweet or cloying
Origin of treacleMiddle English triacle from Old French from Classical Latin theriaca, antidote for poison from Classical Greek (antidotos) th?riak?, (remedy) for bites of venomous beasts from th?rion, wild beast, diminutive of th?r: see fierce
- Cloying speech or sentiment.
- Chiefly British Molasses.
- A medicinal compound formerly used as an antidote for poison.
Origin of treacleMiddle English triacle antidote for poison from Old French from Latin thēriaca from Greek thēriakē (antidotos) (antidote against) wild animals feminine of thēriakos of wild animals from thērion diminutive of thēr beast ; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural treacles)