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 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 More than 50 years ago, the BLM made deals with mining companies that use the land to get potash, a fertilizer. CBS News, "A bitter debate rages over the future of Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats," 5 Oct. 2019 These included plans to develop a massive potash mine that would straddle the border. Martin Plaut, Quartz Africa, "The glow of the historic accord between Ethiopia and Eritrea has faded," 9 July 2019 Cardiff’s earliest industry was a kelp works, built in 1912 to process seaweed for use as a food additive and also as potash, a key ingredient of gunpowder. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cardiff-by-the-Sea: A string of stunning beaches and small-town perfection," 27 June 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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Cite this Entry

“Potash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potash. Accessed 31 Mar. 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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