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



BrE BrE//ˈbɔːræks//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːræks//
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a white mineral, usually in powder form, used in making glass and as an antiseptic (= a substance that helps to prevent infection in wounds) Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin, from Arabic būraq, from Pahlavi (a language used in an area controlled by Persia for about 400 years until 651 AD) būrak.
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