- 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 th&emacron;riaca, from Greek th&emacron;riak&emacron; (antidotos), (antidote against) wild animals, feminine of th&emacron;riakos, of wild animals, from th&emacron;rion, diminutive of th&emacron;r, beast; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural treacles)