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Definition of "pearlash" []

  • A white amorphous or granular substance which consists principally of potassium carbonate and has a strong alkaline reaction. It is obtained by lixiviating wood ashes and evaporating the lye, and has been an important source of potassium compounds. It is used in making soap, glass, etc. (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "pearlash" in a sentence
  • "Four recipes, two for cookies and two for gingerbread, call for the use of “pearlash,” a refined version of potash, which was made by soaking the ash produced when plant materials are burned, draining off the liquid, and drying it down to concentrate the substances dissolved in it."
  • "-- Expose salt of tartar (pearlash) in a wide-mouth vial in a damp place until it forms an oil-like liquid, and apply to the corn."
  • "When the windows require fresh painting, get the old coat off first by using strong pearlash water."