potash

noun
pot·​ash | \ ˈpät-ˌash How to pronounce potash (audio) \

Definition of potash

1 : potassium carbonate especially from wood ashes
2 : potassium or a potassium compound especially as used in agriculture or industry

Examples of potash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first known recipe for soap calls for approximately one quart of oil and six quarts of potash (potassium leeched from wood ash). Cody Cassidy, Time, "Who Discovered Soap? What to Know About the Origins of the Life-Saving Substance," 5 May 2020 But by the 18th century, Americans were baking with alkaline salts such as pearlash and potash that raised baked goods via a quick chemical reaction, and were the precursors to modern-day baking soda and baking powder. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Banana bread is having a moment," 2 May 2020 The products still include ammonia, urea and potash, for example; producing these substances is energy-intensive, which means that their manufacture can contribute to greenhouse gas production and climate change. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 The company intends to mine about 1 million tons of potash per year from the Evart Township facility. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "What's happening with that supposed gold mine of potash beneath Michigan?," 30 Dec. 2019 The proposal would reduce paperwork for miners who ask the BLM to lower rates for the right to mine federally owned, non-fossil-fuel minerals including trona, phosphate, potash, potassium and sulfur. Washington Post, "US officials propose less paperwork for mineral royalty cuts," 18 Oct. 2019 One and three-quarters years later, that potash remains in the ground. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "What's happening with that supposed gold mine of potash beneath Michigan?," 30 Dec. 2019 The Maritana neared Boston Harbor after its long journey from Liverpool, England, laden with a rich cargo of coal, wool, potash, iron, and steel, and more than two dozen passengers and crew. BostonGlobe.com, "On the front of the monument is a small replica of the Maritana, carved into the stone. The image shows the ship approaching what’s probably Boston Light. If you get close enough, you can see the details of its sails and masts, waves rippling beneath it with the gusts from the wind.," 20 Nov. 2019 The process requires separating out the salt from the potash. CBS News, "A bitter debate rages over the future of Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats," 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of potash

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for potash

singular of pot ashes

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The first known use of potash was in 1668

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15 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Potash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potash. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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potash

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How to pronounce potash (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of potash

: a form of potassium that is used especially to improve soil or to make soap

potash

noun
pot·​ash | \ ˈpät-ˌash How to pronounce potash (audio) \

Kids Definition of potash

: potassium or a compound of potassium

potash

noun
pot·​ash | \ ˈpät-ˌash How to pronounce potash (audio) \

Medical Definition of potash

1a : potassium carbonate especially from wood ashes
2 : potassium or a potassium compound especially as used in agriculture or industry

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