na·​tron | \ ˈnā-ˌträn How to pronounce natron (audio) , -trən\

Definition of natron

: a hydrous native sodium carbonate used in ancient times in embalming, in ceramic pastes, and as a cleansing agent

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The proportion of magnesia in inlays and window glass from Samarra’s palaces suggests plant ash, rather than natron, as the source of sodium carbonate in the glassmaking process. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of natron

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for natron

French, from Spanish natrón, from Arabic naṭrūn, from Greek nitron — more at niter

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