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 As an incentive for Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, officials are exploring a six-month waiver of sanctions on the country’s potash fertilizer industry, U.S. officials said. William Mauldin, WSJ, 19 May 2022 State environmental regulators are reviewing plans submitted by Mosaic Potash to investigate and define the extent of groundwater contamination from discharges associated with potash mining along the Pecos River in southern New Mexico. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 Ukraine and Russia together produced almost a third of the world’s wheat and barley and half of its sunflower oil, while Russia and its ally Belarus are the world’s No. 2 and 3 producers of potash, a key ingredient of fertilizer. Edith M. Lederer, BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2022 Prices of potash, a key input used in nitrogen fertilizers, have soared since Western sanctions were imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, exacerbating an already tight market. Washington Post, 9 June 2022 For decades, Yara has had a large and fruitful presence in both Ukraine, a major wheat exporter, and in Russia, a key supplier of the potash and phosphate needed in Yara’s fertilizer production. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2022 The Green Markets North American Fertilizer Index has jumped 30% this year to a record, while an index for potash in Brazil has also hit new highs after surging 36% since January. Marvin G Perez, Bloomberg.com, 23 Mar. 2022 Almost a third of global potash, a potassium-rich product crucial for plant growth, comes from Russia and Belarus and most is likely subject to sanctions. Bjorn Lomborg, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Nutrien anticipates global potash shipments will be between 68 million tons and 71 million tons in 2022. Elizabeth Elkin, Bloomberg.com, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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2 Aug 2022

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“Potash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potash. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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