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

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The Interior Department has designated nearly three dozen minerals, such as uranium, tin, cobalt and potash, as critical minerals. Washington Post, "US says national security demands easier mining rules," 4 June 2019 Current examples of value stocks within the S&P 500 include several in the energy sector, such as Baker Hughes , Loews Corp. and Mosaic Co. , which produces phosphates and potash. Mark Hulbert, WSJ, "‘Value’ Stocks May Not Be the Bear-Market Cure, After All," 8 July 2018 Shares of some of the largest potash producers soared in New York and Toronto on speculation that the accident could knock out a large chunk of global production capacity. Bloomberg.com, "Mine Accident Shows a Potash Market Nervous About Outages," 16 Mar. 2018 Haifa was founded in 1966 to try to capitalize on Israel’s natural resources of potash from the Dead Sea and phosphates in the Negev region. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Israel Chemicals in Talks to Buy Haifa Chemicals for More Than $1 Billion," 4 Oct. 2018 Pearl ash, made by baking potash in a kiln, was used as a leavening agent in breads before the creation of baking powder. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Take a Look at the 10 Millionth U.S. Patent (And the First)," 20 June 2018 But retrieving Michigan's potash will take a huge amount of groundwater. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Untapped gold mine of potash sits beneath Michigan," 16 Mar. 2018 Lucrative potash deposits straddling the border have since been neglected. The Economist, "Ethiopia and Eritrea put an end to two decades of conflict," 10 July 2018 The crash sent shock waves through the small town of Humboldt, a farming and potash-mining community located east of Saskatoon, and through the North American hockey community. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canadian Police Arrest Driver of Truck Involved in Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash," 6 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of potash

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


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

Kids Definition of potash

: potassium or a compound of potassium


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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