Origin of Borax
Middle English from Medieval Latin bōrāx from Arabic būraq from Middle Persian būrak Sense 2, perhaps from the custom of giving away borax soap as a premium for the sale of cheap furniture
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English boras, from Anglo-Norman boreis, from Medieval Latin baurach (“borax”), from Arabic بورق (báuraq), from Middle Persian (būrak). Compare Persian بوره (bure).
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