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treacle

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Treacle \Trea"cle\ (tr[=e]"k'l), noun [OE. triacle a sovereign remedy, theriac, OF. triacle, F. th['e]riaque (cf. Pr. triacla, tiriaca, Sp. & It. triaca, teriaca), L. theriaca an antidote against the bite of poisonous animals, Gr. ?, fr. ? of wild or venomous beasts, fr. qhri'on a beast, a wild beast, dim. of qh'r a beast. Cf. {Theriac}.]

1. (Old Med.) A remedy against poison. See {Theriac}, 1.

We kill the viper, and make treacle of him. --Jer. Taylor.

2. A sovereign remedy; a cure. [Obs.]

Christ which is to every harm treacle. --Chaucer.

3. Molasses; sometimes, specifically, the molasses which drains from the sugar-refining molds, and which is also called {sugarhouse molasses}.

Note: In the United States molasses is the common name; in England, treacle.

4. A saccharine fluid, consisting of the inspissated juices or decoctions of certain vegetables, as the sap of the birch, sycamore, and the like.

{Treacle mustard} (Bot.), a name given to several species of the cruciferous genus {Erysimum}, especially the {Erysimum cheiranthoides}, which was formerly used as an ingredient in Venice treacle, or theriac.

{Treacle water}, a compound cordial prepared in different ways from a variety of ingredients, as hartshorn, roots of various plants, flowers, juices of plants, wines, etc., distilled or digested with Venice treacle. It was formerly regarded as a medicine of great virtue. --Nares.

{Venice treacle}. (Old Med.) Same as {Theriac}, 1.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

treacle

noun

1: a pale cane syrup [syn: {treacle}, {golden syrup}]

2: writing or music that is excessively sweet and sentimental [syn: {treacle}, {mush}, {slop}, {glop}]


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