Borax Definition

bôrăks, -əks
Sodium borate, a white, anhydrous, crystalline salt, Na2B4O7, with an alkaline taste, used as a flux in soldering metals and in the manufacture of glass, enamel, artificial gems, soaps, antiseptics, etc.
Webster's New World
Cheap, poorly made merchandise, esp. furniture.
Webster's New World
Cheap or tawdry, referring to furniture or other works of industrial design.

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).

    From Wiktionary

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