Potash Definition

pŏtăsh
noun

Potassium carbonate (esp. when obtained from wood ashes)

Webster's New World
Webster's New World
Any substance containing potassium; esp., salts derived from natural brines, distillery waste, flue dusts of blast furnaces, etc., whose potassium content is expressed in terms of K2O: used in fertilizers, soaps, etc.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Potash

Noun

Singular:
potash
Plural:
potashes

Origin of Potash

  • Potash comes from the word potasch (in modern spelling potas), coined by the Dutch in 1598. The literal translation is pot ash, because it was made by burning wood to ashes in a large pot. The English word Potash dates back to 1648.

    From Wiktionary

  • From sing. of obsolete pot ashes an alkaline substance obtained by leaching wood ashes and evaporating the leachate in a pot

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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