potash

noun
pot·​ash | \ˈpät-ˌash \

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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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 Today, potash is a mined or manufactured salt that contains potassium, but before the industrial era, the matter was made by soaking plant ashes in water. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Take a Look at the 10 Millionth U.S. Patent (And the First)," 20 June 2018 The main use of potash is fertilizer, but its many other uses include soap production. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Take a Look at the 10 Millionth U.S. Patent (And the First)," 20 June 2018 Like many small towns across Canada, hockey is stitched into the identity of Humboldt, a farming and potash mining hub 87 miles northeast of Saskatoon. Ian Austen, BostonGlobe.com, "Horrific bus crash devastates a small Canadian town," 8 Apr. 2018 More: Gold mine of potash sits beneath Michigan, could be worth $65 billion Wolves came to Isle Royale more than five decades ago by crossing a frozen Lake Superior in winter. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Isle Royale's 2 remaining wolves still alive, spotted this winter," 17 May 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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potash

noun

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 \

Kids Definition of potash

: potassium or a compound of potassium

potash

noun
pot·​ash | \ˈpät-ˌash \

Medical Definition of potash 

1a : potassium carbonate especially from wood ashes

b : potassium hydroxide

2 : potassium or a potassium compound especially as used in agriculture or industry

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