borax (uncountable)

  1. A white or gray/grey crystalline salt, with a slight alkaline taste, used as a flux, in soldering metals, making enamels, fixing colors/colours on porcelain, and as a soap, etc.
  2. (chemistry) The sodium salt of boric acid, Na2B4O7, either anhydrous or with 5 or 10 molecules of water of crystallisation; sodium tetraborate.
  3. (sometimes, attributive) Cheap or tawdry furniture or other works of industrial design.
    • 1977, Harlan Ellison, Jeffty is Five
      Furniture isn't made to last thirty years or longer because they took a survey and found that young homemakers like to throw their furniture out and bring in all new, color-coded borax every seven years.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: borax
  • German: Borax
  • Italian: borace
  • Portuguese: bórax
  • Russian: бура́
  • Spanish: bórax, borraj

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