Definition of treacle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtriːkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtriːkl//
    [uncountable] (British English)
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  1. 1(North American English molasses) a thick black sweet sticky liquid produced when sugar is refined (= made pure), used in cooking
  2. 2= golden syrup a treacle tart
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (originally denoting an antidote against venom): from Old French triacle, via Latin from Greek thēriakē ‘antidote against venom’, feminine of thēriakos (adjective), from thērion ‘wild beast’. Current senses date from the late 17th cent.
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