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bo·rax

 (bôr′ăks′, -əks)
n.
1. A hydrated sodium borate, Na2B4O7·10H2O, an ore of boron, that is used as a cleaning compound.
2. Cheap merchandise, especially tasteless furnishings: "today's glinty borax" (New Yorker).

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin bōrāx, from Arabic būraq, from Middle Persian būrak. Sense 2, perhaps from the custom of giving away borax soap as a premium for the sale of cheap furniture .]

borax

(ˈbɔːræks)
n, pl -raxes or -races (-rəˌsiːz)
1. (Minerals) Also called: tincal a soluble readily fusible white mineral consisting of impure hydrated disodium tetraborate in monoclinic crystalline form, occurring in alkaline soils and salt deposits. Formula: Na2B4O7.10H2O
2. (Elements & Compounds) pure disodium tetraborate
[C14: from Old French boras, from Medieval Latin borax, from Arabic būraq, from Persian būrah]

bo•rax1

(ˈbɔr æks, -əks, ˈboʊr-)

n., pl. bo•rax•es, bo•ra•ces (ˈbɔr əˌsiz, ˈboʊr-)
a water-soluble powder or crystals, hydrated sodium borate, Na2B4O7∙10H2O, used as a flux, as a cleansing agent, in glassmaking, and in tanning.
[1350–1400; Middle English boras < Middle French < Medieval Latin borax]

bo•rax2

(ˈbɔr æks, -əks, ˈboʊr-)

n.
cheap, showy, poorly made merchandise, esp. cheaply built furniture of an undistinguished or heterogeneous style.
[1940–45, Amer.; of uncertain orig.]

bo·rax

(bôr′ăks′)
A white, crystalline powder and mineral used as an antiseptic, as a cleansing agent, and in fusing metals and making heat-resistant glass. The mineral is an ore of boron.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.borax - an ore of boron consisting of hydrated sodium borate; used as a flux or cleansing agent
atomic number 5, boron, B - a trivalent metalloid element; occurs both in a hard black crystal and in the form of a yellow or brown powder
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
Translations

borax

[ˈbɔːræks] N (boraxes or boraces (pl)) → bórax m

borax

[ˈbɔːræks] nborax m

borax

nBorax m

borax

[ˈbɔːræks] nborace m

bo·rax

n. bórax, borato de sodio.
References in classic literature ?
There was never the least attention paid to what was cut up for sausage; there would come all the way back from Europe old sausage that had been rejected, and that was moldy and white--it would be dosed with borax and glycerine, and dumped into the hoppers, and made over again for home consumption.
They dipped across beds of light snow and snow-powdered shale, where they took refuge from a gale in a camp of Tibetans hurrying down tiny sheep, each laden with a bag of borax.
And he met Thibetan herdsmen with their dogs and flocks of sheep, each sheep with a little bag of borax on his back, and wandering wood-cutters, and cloaked and blanketed Lamas from Thibet, coming into India on pilgrimage, and envoys of little solitary Hill-states, posting furiously on ring-streaked and piebald ponies, or the cavalcade of a Rajah paying a visit; or else for a long, clear day he would see nothing more than a black bear grunting and rooting below in the valley.
Contract awarded for 1 ethyl alcohol 70%, 8 alcohol 95%, 22 baking soda, soda ash 22, 40 caustic soda, 48 dye for disinfectant, 55 dye for shampoo, 192 plastic containers, 22 borax, 16 carquad
Commercially important boron compounds such as borax, boric acid, sodium metaborate, sodium perborate, boric oxide and boron trifluoride are derived from boron minerals.
Officials for the Eldora, Iowa-based company say Uniform Wash tackles tough uniform stains with borax and stain-blasting enzymes while clinging to stains for easy application and stain removal.
The plant, known as Borax 5, was built at a cost of nearly two million dollars.
We also mixed borax and water in a spray bottle and sprayed our mattress, the furniture, the carpet, and anything else we could think of as a possible hiding place for mites.
Hanover, PA) as a 300 mL aqueous solution of 9% NuLure (vol:vol) and 3% borax (wt:vol; sodium tetraborate decahydrate).
Mindi wood (Melia azedarach) and sugi wood (Cryptomeria japonica) were smoked for 15 days using mangium wood (Acacia mangium), and for comparison purposes, wood preserved with 5 percent borax, polystyrened wood, and untreated control wood were prepared.