sal·​e·​ra·​tus ˌsa-lə-ˈrā-təs How to pronounce saleratus (audio)
: a leavening agent consisting of potassium or sodium bicarbonate

Examples of saleratus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Life changed for home cooks back in 1846, when baking soda — often called saleratus at the time — was marketed, making the first quick breads easy to bake at home. Robin Mather,, 16 July 2019

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Word History


New Latin sal aeratus aerated salt

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saleratus was in 1834

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“Saleratus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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