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treacle

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noun trea·cle \ˈtrē-kəl\

Simple Definition of treacle

  • : a blend of molasses, sugar, and corn syrup

  • : something that is annoying because it is too sentimental

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of treacle

  1. 1 :  a medicinal compound formerly in wide use as a remedy against poison

  2. 2 chiefly British a :  molassesb :  a blend of molasses, invert sugar, and corn syrup used as syrup —called also golden syrup

  3. 3 :  something (as a tone of voice) heavily sweet and cloying

Examples of treacle in a sentence

  1. The book is ruined by all the treacle about his childhood.



Did You Know?

The long history of "treacle" begins in ancient Greece. The Greek word thēriakos, meaning "of a wild animal," came from "thērion" ("wild animal"). Since wild animals are often known to bite, these words gave rise to thēriakē, meaning "antidote against a poisonous bite." Latin borrowed thēriakē as "theriaca," and the word eventually entered Anglo-French - and then Middle English - as "triacle." The senses of "treacle" that refer to molasses developed from the earlier "antidote" sense. The "molasses" sense, in turn, was extended to give us a word for things excessively sweet or sentimental.

Origin and Etymology of treacle

Middle English triacle, from Anglo-French, from Latin theriaca, from Greek thēriakē antidote against a poisonous bite, from feminine of thēriakos of a wild animal, from thērion wild animal, diminutive of thēr wild animal — more at fierce


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with treacle


Medical Dictionary

treacle

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noun trea·cle \ˈtrē-kəl\

Medical Definition of treacle

  1. :  a medicinal compound formerly in wide use as a remedy against poison




Learn More about treacle

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of treacle Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about treacle


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